Biography of Lady Hazel Cosgrove
Lady Cosgrove (portrait by David Reid)
Lady Hazel Josephine Cosgrove, née Aronson (1946- ) is a graduate of the University who became the first woman to be appointed to a permanent seat as a judge in the Court of Session.
Born in Glasgow, Cosgrove was a pupil at Glasgow High School for Girls and studied Law at the University, graduating LLB in 1966. In 1968, she was admitted to the Faculty of Advocates and was Standing Junior Counsel to the Department of Trade from 1977 to 1979. She was the first female Sheriff of Glasgow and Strathkelvin, from 1979 to 1983, and Sheriff of Lothian and Borders from 1983 to 1996.
From 1992 to 1996 Cosgrove was a temporary judge in the High Court and Court of Session. On 12 July 1996 she became the first woman to be appointed to a permanent seat on the Court of Session bench, taking the judicial title Lady Cosgrove.
Lady Cosgrove has been awarded honorary degrees from a number of universities including an LLD from the University of Glasgow in 2002. In February 2003, she was appointed to the Inner House of the Court of Session and sworn of Her Majesty's Privy Council. She received an OBE in 2004 for services to the criminal justice system in Scotland.