Justice Secretary Keith Brown has announced the appointment of Lindsay Montgomery as the new lay Chair of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.
Mr. Montgomery has extensive experience in administration, management and governance of public bodies. Previous positions include Resource Director at Scottish Natural Heritage, Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, Deputy Chair and later Chair of the Scottish Charity Regulator, Chair of Community Justice Scotland and Chair of the NDPB Chief Executive’s Forum. He was also chairman of the Scottish environmental organization Keep Scotland Beautiful.
Mr Montgomery has considerable experience and knowledge of the judicial system in Scotland. In addition to his experience as Chief Executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, he is a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, University of Strathclyde, specializing in Legal Aid and Access to Justice.
He was a member of the Scottish Civil Justice Council, the Scottish Government Justice Board and the National Criminal Justice Board. He has been a member of several policy and reference groups for various reviews of aspects of the judicial system in Scotland, including Lord Gil’s review of the civil courts and Lord Carloway’s review of criminal law and practice. He has also carried out reviews of access to court and legal aid in other jurisdictions for the Council of Europe.
This appointment is for four years, running from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2025.