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The Board is committed to the principle of appointment solely on merit. It encourages and welcomes applications from the widest possible range of applicants regardless  of  gender, ethnic and social background, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion or disability.

 

Skills and Qualities

Each applicant to judicial office will be assessed against a set of skills and qualities which are necessary for the role.

Legal Knowledge, Skills and Competence

 

Knowledge of the Law

  • A high level of expertise in the applicant’s area of practice
  • Good working knowledge of at least one other area of substantive law commonly encountered in the Sheriff Court or evidence of motivation and ability to acquire sufficient knowledge
  • Good working knowledge of the law of evidence
  • Knowledge of the principles of natural justice and Sheriff Court practice and procedure

Skills and Competence in the Interpretation and Application of the Law

  • Ability to analyse complex legal problems and apply the law correctly
  • Ability to analyse and interpret case law and statute
  • Ability to apply the law in unfamiliar areas
 

Personal and Judicial Qualities

 

Managing Work Effectively

  • Manages cases and time effectively
  • Is diligent and hard-working
  • Is confident in managing the court/hearing process
  • Is able to deliver work at speed and under pressure

Communicating Effectively

  • Establishes authority and inspires respect and confidence
  • Modifies communication style to meet the needs of different court users
  • Listens with patience and respect
  • Produces written work that is clear, concise and well-reasoned

Exercising Judgement

  • Remains impartial and open minded and is seen to be fair to all
  • Is able to analyse and assess complex evidence and arguments
  • Is able to reason clearly
  • Is confident in judging and making independent decisions in the face of challenge

Working With Others

  • Understands people and society
  • Allows people to give off their best
  • Is even-tempered and consistent
  • Treats people with respect and sensitivity

Mind-set

  • Shows an understanding of and commitment to the role and to public service
  • Is self-aware and uses feedback and self-reflection to develop

 

 

Legal Knowledge, Skills and Competence

 

Knowledge of the Law

  • A high level of expertise in the applicant’s area of practice
  • Good working knowledge of at least one other area of substantive law commonly encountered in the Sheriff Court or evidence of motivation and ability to acquire sufficient knowledge
  • Good working knowledge of the law of evidence
  • Knowledge of the principles of natural justice and Sheriff Court practice and procedure

Skills and Competence in the Interpretation and Application of the Law

  • Ability to analyse complex legal problems and apply the law correctly
  • Ability to analyse and interpret case law and statute
  • Ability to apply the law in unfamiliar areas

 

 Personal and Judicial Qualities 

 

Managing Work Effectively

  • Manages cases and time effectively
  • Is diligent and hard-working
  • Is confident in managing the court/hearing process
  • Is able to deliver work at speed and under pressure

Communicating Effectively

  • Establishes authority and inspires respect and confidence
  • Modifies communication style to meet the needs of different court users
  • Listens with patience and respect
  • Produces written work that is clear, concise and well-reasoned

Exercising Judgement

  • Remains impartial and open minded and is seen to be fair to all
  • Is able to analyse and assess complex evidence and arguments
  • Is able to reason clearly
  • Is confident in judging and making independent decisions in the face of challenge

Working With Others

  • Understands people and society
  • Allows people to give off their best
  • Is even-tempered and consistent
  • Treats people with respect and sensitivity

Mind-set

  • Shows an understanding of and commitment to the role and to public service
  • Is self-aware and uses feedback and self-reflection to develop

 

Legal Knowledge, Skills and Competence

 

Knowledge of the Law

  • A high level of expertise in the applicant’s area of practice
  • Good working knowledge of at least one other area of substantive law commonly encountered in the Sheriff Court or evidence of motivation and ability to acquire sufficient knowledge
  • Good working knowledge of the law of evidence
  • Knowledge of the principles of natural justice and Sheriff Court practice and procedure

Skills and Competence in the Interpretation and Application of the Law

  • Ability to analyse complex legal problems and apply the law correctly
  • Ability to analyse and interpret case law and statute
  • Ability to apply the law in unfamiliar areas
 

Leadership and Management Skills

 

Strategic Objectives and Implementation

  • Ability to identify and shape strategic objectives which are relevant and practical
  • Ability to identify, build and sustain effective relationships within and beyond the Sheriffdom to facilitate the effective and efficient administration of justice, including the management of change
  • Ability to plan effectively for the implementation to objectives
  • Ability to make decisions and achieve their implementation

Ability to Provide Effective Leadership with Clarity, Purpose, and By Example

  • Ability to inspire confidence, command respect and gain commitment from others
  • Ability to support and promote the professional and personal development of judicial colleagues in the Sheriffdom
  • Ability to set, model and promote the highest standards of judicial conduct
  • Ability to lead a team effectively

Ability to Manage and Deploy Resources Effectively

  • Ability to manage available resources effectively, taking into account plans, priorities and risks
  • Ability to organise your own time, and that of others, effectively

 

Personal and Judicial Qualities

 

 

Managing Work Effectively

  • Manages cases and time effectively
  • Is diligent and hard-working
  • Is confident in managing the court/hearing process
  • Is able to deliver work at speed and under pressure

Communicating Effectively

  • Establishes authority and inspires respect and confidence
  • Modifies communication style to meet the needs of different court users
  • Listens with patience and respect
  • Produces written work that is clear, concise and well-reasoned

Exercising Judgement

  • Remains impartial and open minded and is seen to be fair to all
  • Is able to analyse and assess complex evidence and arguments
  • Is able to reason clearly
  • Is confident in judging and making independent decisions in the face of challenge

Working with Others

  • Understands people and society
  • Allows people to give off their best
  • Is even-tempered and consistent
  • Treats people with respect and sensitivity

Mind-set

  • Shows an understanding of and commitment to the role and to public service
  • Is self-aware and uses feedback and self-reflection to develop

 

Legal Knowledge, Skills and Competence

 

Knowledge of the Law

  • A high level of academic and legal learning
  • A high level of expertise in the applicant's area of practice
  • In-depth knowledge of at least some of the areas of substantive law most commonly encountered in the Supreme Courts of Scotland
  • Thorough knowledge of the law of evidence
  • Thorough knowledge of practice and procedure in the Supreme Courts of Scotland

Interpretation and Application of the Law

  • Exceptional ability to analyse complex legal problems
  • Excellent skills in the interpretation and analysis of case and statute law
  • Ability to apply the law in unfamiliar areas
 

Personal and Judicial Qualities

 

 

Managing Work Effectively

  • Manages cases and time effectively
  • Is diligent and hard-working
  • Is confident in managing the court/hearing process
  • Is able to deliver work at speed and under pressure

Communicating Effectively

  • Establishes authority and inspires respect and confidence
  • Modifies communication style to meet the needs of different court users
  • Listens with patience and respect
  • Produces written work that is clear, concise and well-reasoned, legally sound and timely

Exercising Judgement

  • Remains impartial and open minded and is seen to be fair to all
  • Is able to analyse and assess complex evidence and arguments
  • Is able to reason in a clear and rational way
  • Is confident in judging and making decisions

Working With Others

  • Understands people and society
  • Allows people to give their best
  • Is even-tempered and consistent
  • Treats people with respect and sensitivity

Mind-set

  • Shows an understanding of and commitment to the role and to public service
  • Uses feedback and self-reflection to develop
  • Acts with humility and common sense
  • Commitment to fair and impartial administration of justice

 

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