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Thursday 21 March 2002

Surveillance Commissioners

21 March 2002

The Prime Minister has appointed The Right Honourable Lord Sutherland as a Surveillance Commissioner for a term of three years and has approved the re-appointments of Sir Charles McCullough, The Right Honourable Sir Michael Hutchison and Lord Bonomy as Surveillance Commissioners for a further term of three years. The Right Honourable Sir John MacDermott has also been re-appointed until 1 October 2003. The appointments, from 1 November 2001, were made under the terms of Section 91 of the Police Act 1997.

Notes for Editors

Section 91 of the Police Act 1997 provides for the Prime Minister, after consultation with the Scottish Ministers, to appoint Surveillance Commissioners. The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 extended their remit. Commissioners must be persons who hold or have held high judicial office within the meaning of the Appellate Jurisdiction Act 1876. Commissioners are appointed for a three-year period with the possibility of re-appointment. Their functions are in regard to surveillance operations carried out by Police and Customs officers and members of NCIS and the National Crime Squad.

The Right Honourable Lord Sutherland was a Senator of the College of Justice, in Scotland, from 1985 to 2001. He was educated at the University of Edinburgh and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1956. He took Silk in Scotland in 1969.

Sir Charles McCullough was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1956 and took Silk in 1971. He served as a Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division, from 1981 to 1998. In 1998, he was appointed a Surveillance Commissioner.

The Right Honourable Sir Michael Hutchison was educated at Clare College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in 1958. He took Silk in 1976 and in 1983 he was appointed as Judge of the High Court, Queen’s Bench Division. From 1984 to 1987 he served as a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal and from 1989 to 1992 he served as a Presiding Judge of the Western Circuit. From 1995 to 1999 he served as a Lord Justice of Appeal. He was appointed a Surveillance Commissioner in 1998.

Lord Bonomy was educated at the University of Glasgow. He admitted as a solicitor in 1968 and was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1984. From 1990 to 1996, he served as an Advocate Depute and then Home Advocate Depute. He took Silk in Scotland in 1993. Since 1997 he has been a Senator of the College of Justice in Scotland. In 1998 he was appointed a Surveillance Commissioner.

The Right Honourable Sir John MacDermott was educated at Campbell College, Belfast and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar in both England and Wales and in Northern Ireland in 1949. He took Silk in Northern Ireland in 1964. From 1973 to 1987 he served as a Judge of the High Court of Northern Ireland and from 1987 to 1998 he served as a Lord Justice of Appeal in Northern Ireland. He was appointed a Surveillance Commissioner in 1998.

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