Current Vacancies

 The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointments to the office of Sheriff

This is a great opportunity to contribute to justice in Scotland.  There are currently 19 vacancies, 18 full-time and 1 part-time (0.5 FTE) positions.  It is expected that successful applicants will take up post on 4 October 2021, with online training commencing in advance of that date.



Base Court

Further details*


Glasgow & Strathkelvin

3 x Full-time




Grampian, Highlands & Islands

1 x Full-time




North Strathclyde

2 x Full-time






1 x Full-time


Applicants should note that this post will initially be based in Greenock Sheriff Court for a period of around six months


2 x Full-time




1 x Full-time




South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway

2 x Full-time




1 x Full-time (floating)


Applicants should note that this post is floating post for one year that will then become a floating post based primarily at Lanark.


1 x Full-time (floating)


Applicants should note that this post is floating for one year, converting to a resident post at Dumfries thereafter


Tayside, Central & Fife

1 x Full-time




1 x Full-time (floating)




1 x Full-time (floating)





1 x 0.5 FTE (floating)

Applicants should note that the working pattern for this post will four weeks on, four weeks off.


1 x Full-time




* For all posts, successful applicants will have to be flexible in that they may have to work in any court in the Sheriffdom, or even across Sheriffdoms if necessary.  This will be more prevalent for those appointed  to floating posts, and each Sheriff Principal will agree a base court with those appointed to floating posts (unless stated above) and discuss the courts they would expect them to work from on a regular basis.

The salary for a full-time Sheriff is £143,095

During the current appointment rounds further vacancies may arise.  Applicants will be advised of any further vacancies and asked if they would wish to be considered for these.

Following the conclusion of this appointment round, the Board may hold open a list of appointable candidates for six months.  If further posts become available during that period, those vacancies may be offered to candidates on this list.  Please note that being on the list does not guarantee a recommendation to Scottish Ministers.

***Please note that on 2 March 2020 the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland will launch a separate competition for the office of Summary Sheriff.  There will initially be 4 full time Summary Sheriff vacancies in Glasgow and Strathkelvin (1.5); South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway (1) and; Tayside, Central and Fife (1), however the Board expects further Summary Sheriff vacancies to arise.  For the avoidance of doubt, candidates may only apply for one or other office.  In exceptional circumstances, the Board may invite a candidate who is unsuccessful at interview for the office of Sheriff to an interview for the office of Summary Sheriff.***

We encourage diversity and particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the judiciary.  The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.

Further information can be found within the Guidance Note and Role Profile or from the JABS Business Management Unit (telephone 0131 528 5101,

Applications must be submitted by noon on Tuesday 16 February 2021.


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