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Andrew Hardie, Baron Hardie

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Monarch  Elizabeth II
Party  Labour Party
Name  Andrew Baron

Profession  Advocate
Political party  Labour
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Nominated by  Donald Dewar As First Minister
Preceded by  Lord Mackay of Drumadoon
Full Name  Andrew Rutherford Hardie
Born  8 January 1946 (age 70) Alloa (1946-01-08)
Alma mater  University of Edinburgh
Role  Lords of Appeal in Ordinary
Succeeded by  Colin Boyd, Baron Boyd of Duncansby
Education  St Modan's High School, University of Edinburgh

Residence  Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Andrew Rutherford Hardie, Baron Hardie, PC, QC (born 8 January 1946) is a former Senator of the College of Justice, a judge of the Supreme Courts of Scotland, and a former Lord Advocate, the country's senior Law Officer. He led the prosecution team in the preparation of the original Lockerbie bombing trial, but resigned as Lord Advocate shortly before the trial commenced in 2000.


Early life

Born in Alloa, Hardie was educated at St Modan's High School, Stirling and at the University of Edinburgh (M.A., LL.B.). He was admitted as a solicitor in 1971 and to the Faculty of Advocates in 1973. He served as an Advocate Depute from 1979 to 1983, and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1985. He was Treasurer of the Faculty of Advocates from 1989 until he was elected Dean of the Faculty from 1994 to 1997. From 1991 to 1994 he sat as a part-time Chairman of the Medical Appeals Tribunal.

Lord Advocate

Following Labour's 1997 election victory, Hardie was appointed Lord Advocate, and created a life peer, as Baron Hardie, of Blackford in the City of Edinburgh, and appointed to the Privy Council. As well as serving as the country's top prosecutor, he played an active role in the House of Lords, including acting as a Government spokesman during the passage of the Scotland Act 1998. Under the terms of this Act, the Lord Advocate became a member of the new Scottish Executive, with his duties to the UK Government passing to the newly created office of Advocate General for Scotland. The first Scottish Parliament was elected in 1999, at which time Hardie became a member of the Scottish Executive.

Lockerbie trial

On Wednesday 21 December 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York was blown up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing two hundred and seventy people. In 1991, two Libyan men were indicted for the bombing, but their trial did not begin until May 2000. The trial itself was held in a special sitting of the High Court of Justiciary, sitting as the Scottish Court in the Netherlands, at Camp Zeist, a former US Air Force base in Utrecht, Netherlands. Hardie took over as Lord Advocate shortly before arrangements for the trial were agreed, and it was intended he would lead the prosecution team, however he resigned as Lord Advocate in March 2000, two months before the trial was scheduled to begin, and was forced to defend himself against accusations of having 'abandoned' the victims' families. He was succeeded as Lord Advocate by the Solicitor General, Colin Boyd.

The Bench

Lord Hardie was appointed a Judge of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary in March 2000. In 2008, a review of judicial performance named him as "Scotland's worst judge". The figures showed that eighty-four sentences imposed by Hardie had been overturned on appeal, all having been reduced, while two convictions were successfully overturned, although both these convictions arose from the one case, in which it was found Hardie had misdirected the jury on a point of law.

Hardie was appointed to the Inner House of the Court of Session in 2010 and retired on 31 December 2012.


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