Dorothy Bain

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Person.png Dorothy Bain  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen

Employment.png Lord Advocate Wikipedia-icon.png

In office
21 June 2021 - Present
Preceded byJames Wolffe

Dorothy Ruth Bain QC is a Scottish advocate who has been Lord Advocate since June 2021.

On 16 June 2021, it was announced that Dorothy Bain would be nominated by Nicola Sturgeon, subject to the approval of the Scottish Parliament, to take up office as Lord Advocate, succeeding James Wolffe QC, and her appointment was approved by the Scottish Parliament on 17 June 2021.[1]

Swearing in

COPFS tweeted:

Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain QC vows to act independently as she is sworn in at the Court of Session along with Solicitor General for Scotland Ruth Charteris QC[2]

Craig Murray opined:

"You can be sure that, if they didn't support the coming abolition of jury trials in sexual assault cases and the end of the right of defence lawyers to cross-examine the accusers in court, then they wouldn't have been appointed in the first place."[3]


On 5 July 2022, the BBC reported:

The Scottish government's top lawyer was not prepared to sign off on an independence referendum bill, court papers have revealed.

Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain has asked the UK Supreme Court to rule on whether Holyrood has the power to legislate for a vote without UK government consent.

She said she currently "does not have the necessary degree of confidence" that it does.

Nicola Sturgeon has said she wants to hold a referendum on 19 October 2023.

The Lord Advocate is still expected to argue the Scottish government's case at the Supreme Court, and she said there was an issue of "exceptional public importance" for judges to resolve.[4]


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