The Board became an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB) on the 1st June 2009 under the provisions of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008.
The Board's responsibilities under the Act are that:
a) selection of an individual to be recommended for appointment must be solely on merit;
b) the Board may select an individual only if it is satisfied that the individual is of good character; and
c) in carrying out its functions, the Board must have regard to the need to encourage diversity in the range of individuals available for selection to be recommended for appointment to a judicial office. This is subject to the provisions a) and b) above.