Mr John Hamilton QC is highly experienced in all aspects of criminal work including sentencing. He was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1998 and took silk in 2011. His practice is varied but is primarily criminal court advocacy for both defence and the Crown. He was an Advocate Depute (High Court prosecutor) between 2003 and 2006. From 2009 to 2012 John Hamilton was the Director of Training and Education at the Faculty of Advocates responsible for the advocacy training of new advocates and the CPD for the whole Faculty. He has taught advocacy skills throughout Scotland and internationally. Mr Hamilton has significant experience of chairing tribunals and boards. He sits as the Legal Convenor for the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland and as a fee-paid judge in the Social Entitlement Chamber. He also sits on the Scottish Criminal Court Rules Council. Mr Hamilton was appointed to the Board in July 2014.