Ministerial role

HM Advocate General for Scotland

Responsibilities

The Advocate General for Scotland is one of the Law Officers of the Crown, who advise the government on Scots law.

Schedule 6 to the Scotland Act requires that the Advocate General be provided with notice of all ‘devolution issues’ raised before courts or tribunals in Scotland. Devolution issues include challenges to the legislative competence of an Act of the Scottish Parliament and to whether a member of the Scottish government has complied with the EU Convention on Human Rights or EU Community law

The Advocate General can choose intervene, on behalf of the UK government, in proceedings in which devolution issues have been raised if he so decides.

The Office of the Advocate General considers all Scottish Parliament Bills as they progress, in consultation with interested UK government departments, to assess their legislative competency. Under section 33 of the Scotland Act, the Advocate General has the power to refer Scottish Parliament Bills to the Supreme Court for decisions on their legislative competence.

Current role holder: Richard Keen QC

Richard Keen QC was appointed as the Advocate General for Scotland on 29 May 2015.

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Lord Wallace of Tankerness QC

    • 2010 to 2015

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    • 1 April 2015
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    • 1 April 2015
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    • 19 December 2014
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    • 27 November 2014
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    • 26 November 2014
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  6. Address by Lord Wallace QC at the Glasgow Clyde College Graduation Ceremony

    • 13 November 2014
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    • 15 October 2014
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  8. Speech to the Iraqi-British Business Council (IBBC)

    • 3 June 2014
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  9. Welcome To Edinburgh

    • 9 May 2014
    • Speech
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    • 9 May 2014
    • Speech