Since JABS was established in 2002 its Board Members, both judicial/legal and lay, have undertaken the front line roles of assessing applicants’ suitability for judicial appointment at sift and of meeting applicants in person at interview.
Their assessments have enabled the Board to take decisions on its recommendations to the First Minister for appointment. With a growth in the scale of appointment rounds and widening of the Board’s range of responsibilities with the introduction of the Tribunals Scotland Act 2014, statutory provision was made for the Board to appoint Assistants to play a part in its assessment panels.
The Board appointed three Lay Assistants, for the period 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2018. The appointments may be extended by mutual agreement for a further three years. The Lay Assistants receive a fee of £290 per day and are eligible to claim for expenses incurred on Board business.