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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 good working knowledge of the law of evidence
  • A good working knowledge of the procedural law appropriate to the court in which office is sought
  • A high level of knowledge of the substantive law in the area of the applicant's practice
  • A well informed awareness of the areas of substantive law most commonly encountered in the Sheriff Courts, along with good ability and motivation to acquire and apply knowledge of the law in unfamiliar areas

Skills and Competence in the Interpretation and Application of the Law

  • Good skills in the interpretation and analysis of case law and statute law
  • Good skills in identifying and distinguishing issues of fact and law
  • Good skills in applying the relevant law to relevant fact
  • Good ability to interpret and apply the law in unfamiliar areas
 

Judicial and Personal Qualities

Personal Qualities

  • Independence of mind and moral courage
  • Fairness, impartiality and integrity
  • Common sense and an understanding of people and society
  • Courteous and considerate with a responsible attitude and sound temperament
  • Ability to command respect
  • Sound judgement
  • Resilience

Case Management Skills and Efficiency

  • Ability to manage individual cases efficiently and effectively
  • Resolution, conscientiousness and diligence

Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate clearly with all court users
  • Ability to write clear, concise, well-reasoned and legally sound judgements

Legal Knowledge, Skills and Competence

Knowledge of the Law

  • A good working knowledge of the law of evidence
  • A good working knowledge of the procedural law appropriate to the court in which office is sought
  • A high level of knowledge of the substantive law in the area of the applicant's practice
  • An informed awareness of the areas of substantive law most commonly encountered in the Sheriff Courts, along with good ability and motivation to acquire and apply knowledge of the law in unfamiliar areas

Skills and Competence in the Interpretation and Application of the Law

  • Good skills in the interpretation and analysis of case law and statute law
  • Good skills in identifying and distinguishing issues of fact and law
  • Good skills in applying relevant law to relevant fact
  • Good ability to interpret and apply the law in unfamiliar areas

 Personal and Judicial Qualities

 Personal Characteristics

  • Independence of mind and moral courage
  • Fairness, impartiality and integrity
  • Common sense and an understanding of people and society
  • Courteous and considerate with a responsible attitude and sound temperament
  • Ability to command respect
  • Sound judgement
  • Resilience

Case Management Skills and Efficiency

  • Ability to manage individual cases efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to manage a diverse and demanding caseload
  • Resolution, conscientiousness and diligence

Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate clearly with all court users
  • Ability to set our clearly and concisely complex legal issues both orally and in writing with appropriate dispatch
  • Ability to reach legally sound judgements and explain the reasoned basis for any decision

Legal Knowledge, Skills and Competence

Knowledge of the Law

  • A good working knowledge of the law of evidence
  • A good working knowledge of the procedural law appropriate to the court in which office is sought
  • A high level of knowledge of the substantive law in the area if the applicant's practice
  • A well informed awareness of the areas of substantive law most commonly encountered in the Sheriff Courts, along with good ability and motivation to acquire and apply knowledge of the law in unfamiliar areas

Skills an Competence in the Interpretation and Application of the Law

  • Good skills in the interpretation and analysis of case law and statute law
  • Good skills in identifying and distinguishing issues of the fact and law
  • Good skills in applying the relevant law to the relevant fact
  • Good ability to interpret and 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

 

Judicial and Personal Qualities

Personal Characteristics

  • Integrity
  • Independence of mind and moral courage
  • Fairness and impartiality
  • Common sense
  • Understanding of people and society
  • Responsible attitude and sounds temperament
  • Courteous and considerate
  • Sound judgement

Case Management Skills and Efficiency

  • Ability to manage cases efficiently and effectively
  • Resolution, conscientiousness and diligence

Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate clearly with all court users
  • Ability to write clear, concise, well-reasoned and legally sound judgements

Legal Knowledge, Skills and Competence

Knowledge of the Law

  • A comprehensive knowledge of the law of evidence
  • Thorough knowledge of the procedural law appropriate to the Court of Session
  • A high and expert level of knowledge of the substantive law in the main area of the applicant's practice
  • A fully developed understanding of the areas of substantive law most commonly encountered in the Court of Session, along with the motivation and demonstrable desire to master new and unfamiliar areas of the law that emerge during the period of service as a judge

Skills and Competence in the Interpretation and Application of the Law

  • A thorough understanding of the theory and principles on which the law is based and an ability to analyse and explore legal problems creatively and imaginatively
  • Excellent skills in the interpretation and analysis of case law and statute law
  • Excellent skills in identifying and distinguishing issues of fact and law
  • Excellent skills in applying the relevant law to the relevant fact
  • Demonstrable ability to interpret and apply the law in unfamiliar areas; in particular applicants from an exclusively civil practice will require to demonstrate an ability to adapt to operating in the High Court. Experience in both fields would be an advantage.

 

Judicial and Personal Qualities

Personal Characteristics

  • Integrity
  • Independence of mind and moral courage
  • Fairness and impartiality
  • Common sense
  • Understanding of people and society
  • Responsible attitude and sound temperament
  • Courteous and considerate
  • Ability to command respect
  • Emotional resilience
  • Sound judgement

Case Management Skills and Efficiency

  • Ability to manage cases efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to manage a diverse and demanding caseload
  • Resolution, conscientiousness and diligence

Communication Skills

  • Ability to communicate clearly with all court users
  • Ability to clearly and concisely set out complex legal issues both orally and in writing with appropriate dispatch
  • Ability to reach legally sound judgements and explain the reasoned basis for any decision

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