The Office of Summary Sheriff: 2019

This appointment is closed and is displayed for reference only. 


Remuneration:£110,335 per annum (pro rata)  


Closing date:26 March 2019 at midday 

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointments to the Offices of Sheriff and Summary Sheriff. Depending on the Sheriffdom appointed to, it is expected that successful applicants will take up post between 4 November 2019 and 13 January 2020.

This is a great opportunity to contribute to justice in Scotland. There are currently 13 vacancies across both offices:

SheriffdomPost(s)Appointment Date
Glasgow & Strathkelvin2 x Sheriff4 November 2019
1 x Summary Sheriff13 January 2020
Grampian, Highlands & Islands1 x Sheriff - Inverness (floating)4 November 2019
Lothian & Borders1 x Summary Sheriff - Edinburgh (floating)4 November 2019
North Strathclyde1 x Sheriff - Greenock4 November 2019
1 x Summary Sheriff - Paisley (floating)4 November 2019
0.7 FTE x Summary Sheriff - Paisley (floating)4 November 2019
1 x Summary Sheriff - Paisley (floating)13 January 2020
South Strathclyde, Dumfries & Galloway1 x Sheriff - Airdrie (floating)13 January 2020
1 x Sheriff - Hamilton (floating)13 January 2020
1 x Summary Sheriff - Dumfries (floating)4 November 2019
Tayside Central & Fife1 x Sheriff - Dundee4 November 2019

Please note successful applicants may be required to sit in any court within the Sheriffdom appointed to, or in other sheriffdoms. 

During the current appointment round further Sheriff/Summary Sheriff vacancies will arise. Applicants will be advised of any further vacancies and asked if they would wish to be considered for these.

Please note: you should apply for the role of Summary Sheriff OR Sheriff, not both.

You should think carefully about the office to which you seek appointment.  Both the office of Sheriff and Summary Sheriff have a critical role in the administration of justice.  As such, the Lord President does not regard appointment to either office as a stepping stone for future appointment to another judicial post.  It is therefore expected that successful applicants would remain as a Sheriff or Summary Sheriff for a substantial period of time (and certainly not less than 3 years). 

JABS encourages diversity and particularly welcomes 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.

Following the conclusion of this appointment round, the Board may hold open a list of appointable candidates for six months.  Should further posts become available during that period, those vacancies may be offered to candidates on this list. Please note that being on the list does not guarantee a recommendation to Scottish Ministers. 

Further information can be found within the Guidance Note and Role Profile on the JABS website or from the JABS Business Management Unit, telephone 0131 528 5101,

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