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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.

Essential Criteria

Legal Knowledge

  • Evidence of professional achievement in the law including tax law, knowledge of substantive and procedural law and court/tribunal experience
  • Evidence of experience of tac advisory and litigation work

Leadership

  • The ability to excise strong leadership and constructively challenge and support the Lord President and President of the Scottish Tribunals in the discharge of their responsibilities

Strategic Direction

  • The ability to concentrate on and absorb arguments, summarise complex factual and legal issues, and apply knowledge to arrive at balanced judgements

Sound Judgement and Intellectual Capacity

  • The ability to manage cases actively and expeditiously, and produce a high quality of written work quickly
  • The ability to coach, develop and review the performance of members of the Tax Chamber

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Courteous and considerate to all tribunal users and staff, sensitive to people from different backgrounds
  • Committed to engaging positively and openly with parties and the public; and able to undertake effective public presentation/representational work

Desirable Criteria

Knowledge of Taxation

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

Legal Knowledge

  • Evidence of a high level of legal knowledge and experience and skills in interpretation and application of the law
  • A knowledge of and experience in housing and property law or evidence of the motivation and ability to acquire legal knowledge in this area

Leadership

  • The ability to exercise strong leadership and work constructively and collaboratively with other members of the tribunal in reaching independent and reasoned decisions.

Sound Judgement and Intellectual Capacity

  • The ability to concentrate on and absorb argument, summarise factual and legal issues, and apply knowledge to arrive at balanced judgements
  • The ability to manage cases actively and expeditiously, and produce a high quality or written work quickly

Communication and Interpersonal Skills

  • Courteous and considerate to all tribunal users and staff, sensitive to people from different social backgrounds
  • Committed to engaging positively and openly with parties and the public and encourage participation in proceedings

Background of Knowledge and Experience in Housing Issues

  • The ability to provide an insight into housing related issues particularly concerning landlords and tenants and tenancy sustainability

Sound Judgement and Intellectual Capacity

  • The ability to concentrate on and absorb relevant arguments, summarise factual issues, and apply knowledge to arrive to balanced, objective and impartial judgements

Management Skills

  • The ability to manage cases actively and expeditiously, and to help produce clear and high quality written work quickly
  • The ability to work with other members of the tribunal facilitating collective decision making

Communications and Interpersonal Skills

  • Display courtesy and consideration to all tribunal users and staff. Display sensitivity to people from different social backgrounds and an ability to engage different communication styles tailored to the requirements of tribunal users
  • Committed to engaging positively and openly with parties and the public and encouraging parties' participation in tribunal proceedings to ensure that parties feel able to present their arguments and evidence to the tribunal
  • The ability to communicate electronically

Essential Criteria

Leadership

  • The ability to exercise strong leadership and to constructively challenge and support in the role of leader, and as part of a team in a tribunal setting or similar

Sound Judgement and Intellectual Capacity

  • The ability to concentrate on and absorb relevant arguments, summarise factual and legal issues, and apply knowledge to arrive at balanced judgements

Critical Analysis and Decision Making

  • The ability to focus on salient pieces of information and ask probing focused questions and the ability to evaluate evidence objectively and impartially

Working with Other

  • Display courtesy and consideration to all tribunal users and staff and sensitivity to people from different social backgrounds
  • Commitment to engaging positively and openly with parties and the public and encouraging participation in proceedings
  • The ability to undertake effective public presentation/ representational work

Written and Oral Knowledge

  • Evidence of professional achievement in the law, knowledge of substantive and procedural law and court/tribunal experience
  • A knowledge of and experience in Additional Support Needs law or evidence of the motivation and ability to acquire legal knowledge in this area

Desirable Criteria

Knowledge of Diversity Issues

  • Understanding of the contribution made by the Additional Support Needs Tribunals to the delivery of education policy in Scotland
  • Understanding of the Tribunals’ jurisdiction under the Equality Act 2010 in relation to disability discrimination in schools

Essential Criteria

Sound Judgement and Intellectual Capacity

  • The ability to concentrate on and absorb relevant arguments, summarise factual and legal issues, and apply knowledge to arrive at balanced judgements

Critical Analysis and Decision Making

  • The ability to focus on salient pieces of information and ask probing focused questions and the ability to evaluate evidence objectively and impartially

Working with Others

  • Display courtesy and consideration to all tribunal users and staff and sensitivity to people from different social backgrounds
  • Commitment to engaging positively and openly with parties and the public and encouraging participation in proceedings
  • The ability to undertake effective public presentation/ representational work

Written and Oral Communications

  • The ability to produce a high quality of written work quickly
  • The ability to communicate effectively using straightforward language with all types of tribunal users, listening actively and attentively

Experience of Children with Additional Support Needs or a Disability

  • Current knowledge and experience of children or young people with additional support needs
  • Current knowledge and an interest in disability issues
  • An understanding of the way in which the education sector (especially schools) operates

Desirable Criteria

Knowledge of Diversity Issues

  • Understanding of the contribution made by the Additional Support Needs Tribunals to the delivery of education policy in Scotland
  • Understanding of the Tribunals’ jurisdiction under the Equality Act 2010 in relation to disability discrimination in schools

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