On 4 December 2013 Her Majesty the Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, has appointed Sheriff Rita Emilia Anna Rae QC and Mrs Sarah Poyntell LaBudde Wolffe QC as Senators to the College of Justice.
First Minister Alex Salmond nominated Sheriff Rae and Mrs Wolffe for appointment on the basis of a report by the independent Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.
Sheriff Rita Rae, QC was admitted as a solicitor in 1974 and worked as an assistant at Balfour & Manson, Biggart Baillie & Gifford and Ross Harper & Murphy between 1974 and 1977. In 1977 she became partner at Ross Harper & Murphy, until 1981. She was junior counsel at the Faculty of Advocates from 1982-1992 and appointed QC in 1992. In 2003 she was a member of the Sentencing Commission for Scotland until 2006. Since 2010 she has been a member of Glasgow University “Legal 40”, mentoring diploma students. She regularly delivers lectures on a variety of legal topics. Sheriff Rae served as a temporary sheriff from 1987-1997, a sheriff at Glasgow since 1997 and a temporary judge at the Court of Session since 2004. From 2001-2007 she was a member (and vice-chair from 2005) of the Parole Board for Scotland. Since 2003 she has been the Glasgow Branch Chair of the Scottish Association for the Study of Offending.
Mrs Sarah P.L. Wolffe QC qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and worked at the Bank of Scotland legal department from 1992 to 1993. She called to the bar in 1994 and until 2008 practised as a junior counsel, mainly in commercial and public law. From 1996 until 2008 she was also standing junior counsel to the Department of Trade and Industry and its successor departments. Since 2007 she has been an ad hoc advocate depute. She was appointed QC in 2008. As senior counsel she has practised mainly in commercial and public law. She was a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Faculty of Advocates 2005-2008 and has been a member of the Police Appeals Tribunal since 2013. Mrs Wolffe emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1987. She is married and has two sons.
The salary of a Senator is £174,481 per annum.
The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland was established by Ministers in 2002 and it became an independent advisory non-departmental public body on June 1, 2009. The Board has statutory responsibilities under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. The Board's role is to recommend for appointment to the office of judge, sheriff principal, sheriff and part-time sheriff. The First Minister retains the statutory responsibility for making nominations to Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister is required by statute to consult the Lord President of the Court of Session before making his nomination to Her Majesty.