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Judiciary of England and Wales

The website of the judges, magistrates and tribunal members in England and Wales.

Judicial Appointments Board

The purpose of the Judicial Appointments Board is to recommend to the Scottish Ministers individuals for appointment to judicial offices within the Board's remit and to provide advice to Scottish Ministers in connection with such appointments.

The Faculty of Advocates

The site provides access to a range of information in relation to the Faculty of Advocates, its members and the services they provide, including up-to-date stable listings and contacts details for advocates, clerks and deputies.

Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

The Scottish Legal Complaints Commission investigates complaints made against legal practitioners in Scotland. They operate wholly independently of the legal profession and government.

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is responsible for the prosecution of crime in Scotland, the investigation of sudden or suspicious deaths and the investigation of complaints against the police.

Scottish Government

The devolved Government for Scotland is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs and transport.

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) is responsible for providing the staff, buildings and technology to support Scotland's courts, the work of the independent judiciary, the court's Rules Councils and the Office of the Public Guardian.

On the 1 April 2010 it was established by the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Axt 2008 as an independent body, governed by a Corporate Board and chaired by the Lord President, the most senior judge in Scotland.

Scottish Law Commission

The Commission's task is law reform: to recommend ways of simplifying and improving the law of Scotland.

Court Service Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Court Service was established in 1979 by the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978, as a separate civil service in Northen Ireland. It is the Lord Chancellor's department in Northern Ireland.

Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases. It hears appeals in criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern ireland as well as cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance affecting the whole population.

Scottish Justices Association

The Scottish Justices Association was formed in May 2007 to assist Justices of the Peace in performing their judicial duties. It was set up as a body to represent JPs in the light of the replacement of the former District Courts, run by Local Authorities, with JP Courts, in a unified system with Sheriff Courts.


The Tribunal Service is responsible for a number of tribunals which sit in Scotland, such as the Employment Tribunals. There are a wide range of other tribunals in Scotland some of which are convened by Local Authorities. A comprehensive list is held by the Council on Tribunals, with links to further information on each tribunal.

Victim Support

Victim Support Scotland is a voluntary organisation helping people affected by crime. It provides emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime. The service is free and confidential.

Victim Information and Advice (VIA)

Victim Information and Advice (VIA) is part of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) and offers a service to certain victims, witnesses and also, in cases of sudden, unexpected or crime-related deaths, the next of kin.

The Court Service of Ireland

The Courts Service was established as an independent corporate organisation on 9th November, 1999 following the enactment of the Courts Service Act, 1998.

The Scottish Land Court

The Scottish Land Court deals with disputes between landlord and tenant in relation to agricultural tenancies and crofting.