The longest-serving judge in Scotland has been appointed by the Queen as the new head of judiciary.
The Rt Hon Lord Gill becomes Lord President, replacing the retiring Lord Hamilton.
He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1981 and as a judge in 1994. He chaired the public inquiry into the fatal explosion in 2004 at the Stockline factory in Maryhill, Glasgow.
First Minister Alex Salmond, who made the nomination based on an independent recommendation, said: "His commitment to reform and modernisation is clear and under his leadership I am confident there will be substantial improvements to the justice system.
"He is an individual of great stature and integrity, and in leading Scotland's judiciary will enjoy the respect and confidence of those around him.
"I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Lord Hamilton for his leadership over the last few years in establishing the new role of the Lord President and the new governance arrangements for the Scottish Court Service.
"The changes introduced by the Judiciary and Courts Scotland Act were of considerable constitutional significance and their successful introduction will stand as a testament to his period in office."
Lord Gill graduated from the universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, and lectured in the capital before being admitted to the Faculty of Advocates in 1967.
The Queen, on the recommendation of the First Minister, also appointed Lord Boyd QC, Michael Jones QC and David Burns QC as senators of the College of Justice.