Lord Minginish (Roderick John MacLeod QC) is Chairman of the Scottish Land Court and President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. He was born and brought up in the Isle of Skye and obtained an honours law degree at the University of Edinburgh. He has practised both as a solicitor and an advocate. In October 2000 he was appointed an all-Scotland floating sheriff before becoming a resident sheriff at Kirkcaldy in 2005.
He was seconded to the Scottish Land Court as Deputy Chair on a part-time basis in January 2006. From then until October 2014, when he was appointed to his present positions, he divided his time between the Land Court and sitting as a sheriff at Edinburgh. He is a trustee of the St Andrew’s Children Society and was formerly the Chair of the Board of Directors of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College in Skye.
Always active in Gaelic and Highland affairs, at an earlier stage in his career he left the law to work in Gaelic broadcasting with BBC Scotland and, having returned to the law, continued as a part-time broadcaster for many years thereafter. He served for nine year as a member of the BBC’s Broadcasting Council for Scotland.
He was appointed to JABS for a period of four years from 18 May 2015.