The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the office of Sheriff. 

This is a great opportunity to contribute to justice in Scotland. There are currently 17 vacancies as follows:



Base Court

Further details*

Lothian and Borders


Edinburgh Sheriff Court

One of these posts requires a PI specialist.  The other two will require work in all aspects of the role including solemn crime and ordinary civil.


Livingston Sheriff Court


Grampian, Highlands and Islands


Wick & Tain Sheriff Courts


South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway


Floating Post

Base court TBA with Sheriff Principal

Tayside, Central and Fife


Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court

Both of these posts require candidates with extensive civil and commercial experience.


Perth Sheriff Court

Glasgow and Strathkelvin


Glasgow Sheriff Court


North Strathclyde


Greenock Sheriff Court



Oban and Cambelltown Sheriff Court

This post is divided between Oban and Campbelltown.

All sheriffdoms

6 (1 per sheriffdom)

Floating posts


It is expected that successful applicants will take up post in September 2023.

During the current appointment round it is expected that further vacancies may arise and the board may be asked to make further recommendations as a result.  

The Office of Sheriff Information Pack, provided by the Judicial Office for Scotland, provides applicants with information about the role.  A Sheriff is paid £147,338 per annum.

We encourage diversity and particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the judiciary.  The principles of fair and open competition will apply and recommendation for appointment will be made solely on merit.

Further information can be found within the Guidance Note.  Please ensure that you read this guidance not in full before you commence your application.

Applications must be submitted by noon on Monday 13 February 2023. 

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