Law Clerks to the Lord President and Lord Justice Clerk

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Contract Type
Practice Area
Criminal/Civil Court Work
£56,323 per annum
The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service have two exciting positions available - Apply now!

Job Description


Both of these legally qualified positions offers a rare opportunity to work closely with the most senior judge in Scotland, the Lord President, or the second most senior judge, the Lord Justice Clerk.


The post-holder will primarily assist either the Lord President or the Lord Justice Clerk, as appropriate, in the performance of their judicial functions, including assisting in the preparation for civil and criminal appeal hearings, noting arguments presented in court and preparing draft text suitable for possible inclusion in the Opinions of the appellate divisions of the Court of Session and High Court of Justiciary. Each post-holder will also carry out legal research and prepare other documents, including summaries of forthcoming cases for publication on the SCTS website. You will also be responsible for writing speeches for the Lord President, or the Lord Justice Clerk, for any official engagements which he or she may carry out.


A two stage selection process will apply. The first stage sift will be an assessment against the person specification taking into account the information contained in the online application form.  If you are successful in passing the stage one sift of the recruitment process, applicants will be required to complete a written exercise. Further information about this will be forwarded to candidates if they are successful at passing stage one. It will be necessary to pass the written exercise in order to be selected for the second part of stage 2, interview. Interviews will take place in person in Parliament House, details of which will be provided at the time of invite.


Given the similarity of both these positions, any applications received will be considered for both positions (ie for appointment as either the law clerk for the Lord President or the Lord Justice Clerk).  If applicants only wish to be considered for one of these positions, they will need to make that clear in their application (and which position they are interested in).


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The closing date for applications is 23:59 on 12 April 2024.