The Honourable Lord Colin Tyre, who lives at Tynefield, near Dunbar, has been awarded the title for services to the administration of justice.
Colin's work while president of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) - the profession's main representative organisation on the continent - in 2007 formed the main focus for him receiving the honour.
He will travel to a ceremony at Buckingham Palace later this year to receive his title.
Father-of-three Colin, who is originally from Dunoon but has lived in East Lothian for 21 years, was recently appointed as a judge in the Court of Session, after serving 23 years as a QC at the Scottish Bar.
He also served part-time as a commissioner in the Scottish Law Commission, and his work with the CCBE has taken him all over Europe.
He received a letter a number of weeks ago, informing him of the accolade.
Colin told the Courier he was "delighted" to become a CBE.
"It was a real surprise and obviously a great honour to receive it," he said. "I've been awarded it in relation to work I did with the CCBE, of which I was president in 2007. I think it's a recognition of that.
"It was a privilege to be able to do that. It involved a lot of travelling and time spent abroad, really pushing issues which are important to users of legal services in Europe, and things like dealing with the European Commission and regulation of the legal profession.
"My job changed recently - last month I was appointed as a judge in the Court of Session. Before that I was presiding as a QC at the Scottish Bar, which I'd been at since 1987.
"But the time had come where I decided to apply for a vacant place on the bench to become a judge, I felt I needed a new challenge. My European work had pretty much come to an end."
Colin studied at Edinburgh University and for a year in France before becoming a QC. He moved to East Lothian two decades ago, and previously lived in Dirleton.
He lives with wife Elaine. Daughters Kirsty, 23, and Catriona 21, are students at Edinburgh and Glasgow University respectively, while son Euan, 18, lives at home.
Colin is a keen hillwalker and a member at Tantallon Golf Club in North Berwick.