Is it for me?
Do you have the experience and qualities needed to be a judge, would life on the bench suit you? In this section you can read about the experiences of some Sheriffs who have been through the judicial appointments process, you may find this information helpful if you are considering whether a judicial career is for you.
“I had aspired to become a member of the judiciary since I first walked into Edinburgh Sheriff Court for a mock plea in mitigation, during my diploma in legal practice."
Lorna Drummond QC
“I sat as a part-time sheriff for over five years but it was really only when I sat for a three-month period in Peterhead Sheriff Court that I began to appreciate what it might be like to do the job full-time.”
Alan D Miller
“I have followed a relatively unusual route to the Bench: the kind of route that might well not have brought me to this point in the days before the judicial appointments process was formalised."
“On qualifying as a solicitor in 1984, I moved to the court department of my then firm. I became a partner in 1986 and spent the next twenty four years involved in court work. Initially that included criminal work but I came to specialise in civil work."
“A career in the judiciary was not something I had considered until, with the encouragement of my firm, I applied to become a part time sheriff.”
Gillian Wade QC
“My journey to my recent appointment as a Sheriff has been scenic and interesting . It was not necessarily a destination I planned when I embarked upon my legal career almost three decades ago.”
“My career in the law was as a criminal practitioner from 1977 to approximately 2000; I had been a partner in a firm for about 20 years and decided that I was not wishing to continue to be a criminal lawyer for the rest of my career."