Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme

Judicial Work Shadowing

Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme

The head of the Scottish judiciary has launched a new Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme, which gives any qualified solicitor, solicitor-advocate or advocate the opportunity to apply to spend up to three days observing the work of a judicial office holder. The purpose of this scheme is to encourage legal practitioners to consider applying for judicial office. 

The scheme will provide a suitable environment for legal professionals to:

  • share issues which they perceive as inhibiting their application for judicial offfice (e.g. concerns of work/life balance, self-confidence, self-perception and receive confidential advice, support and guidance from a mentor judge;
  • learn from someone with greater understanding of the judiciary;
  • establish what skills and experiences are needed to support thier application for judicial office;
  • identify areas where further development and experience is required and consider how these may be acquired; and
  • decide whether or not taking up judicial office is an option which they might want to pursue.

To apply for a placement please read the below Scheme Guidance and send a completed application form to the judicialofficeforscotland@scotcourts.gov.uk

Alternatively you may post it to:

Strategy & Governance

Judicial Office for Scotland

Parliament House



Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme Guidance

Judicial Working Shadowing Application Form