Joanna Cherry QC will be returning to full time practice in September 2011 after serving more than 3 years as an Advocate Depute. She will rejoin the Hastie Stable where she has been a member since 1995.
During her time in Crown Office Joanna conducted many High Court trials and particularly specialised in historic child sexual abuse cases where she obtained a number of notable convictions. In January 2010 she was appointed a Senior Advocate Depute and thereafter she specialised in the appeal court. She has conducted many difficult and demanding appeals on behalf of the Crown including three before a Full Bench, one of which was before seven judges (Gallagher v HMA 2011 SLT 175; Petch v HMA 2011 SLT 391 and Jude, Hodgson and Birnie v HMA 2011 HCJAC 46). She recently appeared in the United Kingdom Supreme Court on behalf of the Crown and is due to appear there again in October.
Before becoming an Advocate Depute Joanna was a Standing Junior to the Scottish Government from 2003 until 2009 when she took silk. In addition to her government work she had a mixed practice with a particular emphasis on medical negligence, personal injury claims, Fatal Accident Inquiries and mental health law.
Joanna maintains a keen interest in the academic world and is the Chairperson of the Clark Foundation Legal Education Advisory Committee. She is currently working on the second edition of “Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice” as the legal editor. In 2010 she attended the New South Wales Prosecutors’ Conference in Sydney, Australia and delivered a paper on the Prosecution of Sexual Crime in Scotland. She has also attended conferences on behalf of the Crown in Dublin and London.