Lady Hazel Cosgrove was the first woman to be appointed a judge of the Court of Session in Scotland.
Born in Glasgow, she was a pupil at Glasgow High School for Girls and studied Law at Glasgow University. She was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates and was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Trade from 1977 to 1979. She became the first female Sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin and then Sheriff of Lothian and Borders. On 12 July 1996 she became the first woman to be appointed to the Court of Session bench. In February 2003, she was appointed to the Inner House of the Court of Session and sworn of Her Majesty’s Privy Council. During her judicial career she was Chair of the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland, Deputy and ex facto Chair of the Boundary Commission for Scotland and also chaired an Expert Panel on Sexual Offending She received a CBE in 2004 for services to the criminal justice system in Scotland.
Lady Cosgrove has been awarded honorary doctorates from five universities.