Queen appoints senior judge as Lord High Commissioner to General Assembly

Lord Hope

Lord Hope has been appointed as the Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly in 2015

The appointment was confirmed in a statement from the Prime Minister's office, which stated " The Queen has approved that The Right Honourable Sir James Arthur David Hope, Baron Hope of Craighead, KT, PC, be appointed as Her Majesty's Lord High Commissioner to the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 2015."

Responding to his appointment, Lord Hope said

"To be asked to represent Her Majesty The Queen at the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is a very great honour. But it carries with it important responsibilities too, and I look forward to fulfilling them to the best of my ability when the General Assembly meets in Edinburgh next year."

Lord Hope has enjoyed a long and distinguished legal career, including 24 years in the judiciary. He was appointed to Scotland's top judicial post as Lord President in 1989. In 2009, he became the first Deputy President of the United Kingdom Supreme Court. Lord Hope retired from the bench last year.

The Lord High Commissioner is the Sovereign's personal representative to the annual General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. During General Assembly week from the 16th of May 2015, Lord Hope will attend on behalf of the Sovereign. He will make the opening and closing addresses to the Assembly, as well as carrying out official visits.