Judicial Council for Scotland

The Judicial Council for Scotland was established by the Lord President in January 2007.  It is a body whose membership is drawn from all categories of judicial office holder in Scotland.

The purpose of the Council is to provide information and advice to the Lord President of the Court of Session and the judiciary of Scotland on matters relevant to the administration of justice in Scotland.  Further information about the Council's structure and objectives can be found in the constitution.  

The Council meets twice each year (May and November).  On-going work is carried out through a committee structure. 

The Council assists in the development of policies on a range of matters which affect the judiciary and the judicial system.  Being an internal advisory body, the Council does not have a public role.  It does not, for example, respond to consultations in its own name or comment publicly on issues affecting the judiciary.  The Council is supported by the Judicial Office for Scotland. 

Details of the current membership of the Council and its committees can be found here.

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