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Solicitor General - Biography

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Alison Di Rollo is a Senior Advocate Depute and was appointed Solicitor General in June 2016.

Responsibilities

The Solicitor General is the deputy of the Lord Advocate. They are responsible for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. Legal advice to Scottish Ministers, civil litigation, constitutional issues and appointment of Counsel.

Biography

Alison graduated with LLB and Dip LP from Glasgow University in 1983 and joined COPFS in 1985, following a legal traineeship in private practice, going on to perform front line prosecution duties in Dumfries, Edinburgh and Dunfermline and in the Policy Group at Crown Office before being appointed Deputy Head of the High Court Unit in Crown Office, and later Head of Operational Policy.

In May 2008 Alison was seconded from COPFS to take up an appointment as a Trial Advocate Depute, and since then has been prosecuting in the High Court.  As well as conducting murder, rape, child abuse, robbery, drugs and firearms trials, in 2009 she assisted the then Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini QC in the prosecution of Marek Harcar for the rape and murder of Moira Jones.

In February 2010 Alison joined the Crown Office National Sexual Crimes Unit and between January 2013 and January 2015 was the Head of the Unit.  From January 2015 until taking appointment as Solicitor General Alison was a Senior Advocate Depute.