What makes a good judge?

18 Jan 19

Over the past year the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland have been working closely with key partners in the justice family to develop and implement a clearer description of the skills and qualities required by individuals who wish to hold judicial office. At present, these refreshed qualities relate to the offices of Senator, Sheriff and Summary Sheriff.

In essence, we considered the question of what makes a person a good judge, both now and, as far as we can, for the future. 

Chairing Member, Nicola Gordon, reflects on this vital piece of work. Speaking about this project, she has said:

“Our work at JABS is to recommend the most suitable people for the bench in support of justice in Scotland. This latest project provides improved clarity on the skills and qualities that make a person a good judge. Thank you to everybody that contributed to the project”

You can view the re-framed skills and abilities here.

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