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.
Pending the appointment of a new Chair of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland, Dr Michael Ewart has been nominated by Board Members to carry out the functions of the Chairing Member in accordance with Schedule 1, Section 10 (3) of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008. Dr Ewart began carrying out the functions of Chairing Member on th 1st October 2016.