Judicial Appointments

How are judges appointed?

Full-time salaried judges are appointed by the Queen on the First Minister’s recommendation.

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) handles these applications and makes recommendation for appointment. 

When a new judge is required, following a request from the Scottish Ministers, JABS makes recommendation to the First Minister. The First Minister is required to consult the Lord President on any recommendation for judicial appointment before making his/her recommendation to the Queen.

It is customary for shrieval vacancies first to be offered to existing sheriffs, with applicants considered by the relevant sheriff principal.

In the case of part-time sheriffs, appointments are made by the Scottish Ministers on the recommendation of JABS.

Information on the appointment of Justices of the Peace can be found here.

Judicial responsibility for Scottish Tribunals

Thursday, 1 December, 2016
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The training, welfare and conduct of members of the Scottish Housing and Property Tribunals are now the responsibility of Scotland’s most senior judge, under changes to Scotland’s justice system which come into effect today, 1 December 2016.

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Court of Session Term Dates Direction – changes for Legal Year 2017/18

Monday, 26 September, 2016
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A new Direction issued by the Lord President, which sets out the sitting days for the Court of Session for the Legal Years 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20, introduces a significant change, of which legal practitioners and others will wish to be aware.

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New Vice President to Sheriff Appeal Court appointed

Thursday, 14 July, 2016
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The Lord President has now confirmed the appointment of Sheriff Principal Abercrombie, QC, as the new Vice President to the Sheriff Appeal Court.

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The Hon. Lord Jones

Monday, 14 March, 2016
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It is with great sadness that the Lord President has learned of the untimely death of Lord Jones. Although appointed to the bench relatively recently, his contribution was a substantial one, most recently in the Commercial Court. The care which he took over the preparation of his judgments in complex litigation was a particular feature of his work. He will be sadly missed by all of his colleagues in Parliament House and beyond. Our thoughts are with his wife Fiona and family at this time.

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Her Majesty's Advocate v Craig Whyte and others

Friday, 29 January, 2016
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The continued preliminary hearing in the case of Her Majesty’s Advocate v Craig Whyte and others, assigned for Monday 1 February 2016, has been discharged. A new diet has been assigned and the case will now call at 10am on Tuesday 2 February 2016 at the High Court of Justiciary at Edinburgh.

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