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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 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
 

Judicial and Personal Qualities

 

Managing work efficiently

  • Manages cases and time effectively
  • Diligent and hardworking
  • Confident in managing the court / hearing process
  • Able to work at speed and under pressure
Exercising judgement
  • Remains impartial and open minded and is seen to be fair to all
  • Able to analyse and assess evidence and arguments
  • Able to reason in a clear and rational way
  • Confident in judging and making decisions
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 decisions that are clear, concise, well-reasoned and timely
Working with others
  • Allows people to give of their best
  • Even tempered and consistent
  • Treats people with respect and sensitivity
  • Understands people and society
Mind-set and motivation
  • Commitment to the role and to public service
  • Commitment to fair and impartial administration of justice
  • Acts with humility and common sense
  • 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, including the conduct of jury trials.

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 efficiently

  • Manages cases and time effectively
  • Diligent and hardworking
  • Confident in managing the court / hearing process
  • Able to work at speed and under pressure
Exercising judgement
  • Remains impartial and open minded and is seen to be fair to all
  • Able to analyse and assess evidence and arguments
  • Able to reason in a clear and rational way
  • Confident in judging and making decisions
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 decisions that are clear, concise, well-reasoned and timely
Working with others
  • Allows people to give of their best
  • Even tempered and consistent
  • Treats people with respect and sensitivity
  • Understands people and society
Mind-set and motivation
  • Commitment to the role and to public service
  • Commitment to fair and impartial administration of justice
  • Acts with humility and common sense
  • 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

Skills and Competence in the Interpretation and Application of the Law

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

Judicial and Personal Qualities

Managing work efficiently

  • Manages cases and time effectively
  • Diligent and hardworking
  • Confident in managing the court / hearing process
  • Able to work at speed and under pressure
Exercising judgement
  • Remains impartial and open minded and is seen to be fair to all
  • Able to analyse and assess evidence and arguments
  • Able to reason in a clear and rational way
  • Confident in judging and making decisions
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 decisions that are clear, concise, well-reasoned and timely
Working with others
  • Allows people to give of their best
  • Even tempered and consistent
  • Treats people with respect and sensitivity
  • Understands people and society
Mind-set and motivation
  • Commitment to the role and to public service
  • Commitment to fair and impartial administration of justice
  • Acts with humility and common sense
  • Uses feedback and self-reflection to develop

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