Justice of the Peace

You could become a Justice of the Peace

A Justice of the Peace is a lay person who hears criminal cases such as theft, assault, breach of the peace and road traffic offences in the local courts.

What is a Justice of the Peace?

Generally they are not legally qualified. A legally qualified person can become a Justice of the Peace, but cannot act in any proceedings in a Justice of the Peace court within their own Sheriffdom.

Justices of the Peace are appointed on the recommendation of Justice of the Peace Advisory Committees (JPACs) under procedures approved by the Scottish Government and make a vital contribution to the community.

We need highly committed people who can make good, sound judgements.

We are currently advertising Justice of the Peace vacancies for the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands.     Application pack available.