Solicitor recruitment

The Scottish Civil Justice Council (SCJC) was established in May 2013 and replaced the previous Court of Session and Sheriff Court Rules Councils. In addition to preparing rules for the Scottish civil courts, it has a remit to provide advice and make recommendations to the Lord President and the Scottish Ministers on the development of the Scottish civil justice system. The Annual Programme for 2017/18 sets out the SCJC’s priorities and its programme of work.

The SCJC is responsible for supporting the once in a generation programme of civil courts reform as proposed in the Scottish Civil Courts Review.  In particular it has responsibility for implementing the procedural changes to effect the Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. The rules rewrite project is currently under way with the purpose of introducing a flow of new rules to support modernisation of the civil courts under Making Justice Work 1.    

Members appointed to the SCJC hold office for a period of three years. Tenure periods for the Council’s current solicitor members are due to expire in October 2017. Accordingly, the Lord President is seeking to appoint two solicitors to the Council. A summary of the SCJC’s current membership is available here. Members should expect approximately 12 days’ commitment a year and, among other matters, will:

  • develop draft rules for the Court of Session and sheriff court civil proceedings
  • advise and make recommendations to the Lord President on the development of the civil justice system
  • agree the SCJC annual programme and report.


Successful candidates will meet one or more of the criteria in the following areas: legal knowledge and skills; understanding of people and society; knowledge and understanding of the wider justice system and issues affecting it; and personal qualities.  

The Lord President is committed to the principles of appointment on merit and to the well-informed choice of individuals who, through their abilities, experience and qualities, match the requirement of the post. Further details as to eligibility and selection criteria are set out in the Lord President’s Statement of Appointment Practice and the Candidate Information Form.
To apply, please download a copy of the application form and submit it to

For further information please contact Mandy Williams at / Scottish Civil Justice Council (Appointments), Parliament House, Edinburgh, EH1 1RQ / 0131 240 6769.

The closing date for applications is Friday 18 August 2017 at midnight.

Apply to be a member 

Download the Application Form and the Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form and submit them to the Council by midnight on 18 August 2017.

Guidance for applicants

The Statement of Appointment Practice was revised on 12 July 2016 to provide that candidates will only be invited to interview where more than one candidate is successful at the written application stage.  Further information on the application process can be found in the Candidate Information Form.