Judicial Training Determination

The Lord President has issued the first Judicial Training Determination under the powers conferred on him by the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008.

The determination provides for compulsory induction training for all newly appointed judicial office holders within one year of their appointment.

The Judicial Studies Committee will be responsible for the delivery of this training which will include the following topics:

• Judicial ethics and conduct
• Court management, including jury trial management
• Procedural and evidential issues
• Assessment of witnesses
• Judgment writing and ex tempore decisions
• Sentencing
• Contempt of court
• Social context, equal treatment and diversity issues
• Unrepresented litigants and vulnerable persons in courts
• Use of information technology