Legal Adviser

Contract Type
Full-Time|Locum/Contract|Zero Hours
Practice Area
Criminal Court Work
Grampian, Highland & Islands
Starting: £35,123
0-2 yrs, 3 -4 yrs, 5+ yrs
Number of Posts: 1 x Full time fixed term for 2 years (Aberdeen) and up to 2 x Zero Hours posts (Plus reserves for similar posts that may arise within reasonable travelling distance over the next 12 months).

Job Description

Contract types/Hours of work:

  • Full time fixed term for 2 years based at Aberdeen
  • Zero Hours based at Aberdeen or Inverness

Part-time/Jobsharers will also be considered, please indicate this in your application. 

Starting Salary from: £35,123 Grade: SEO

The successful candidate will be expected to sit in all courts in the Sheriffdom as required.             

A vacancy has arisen within the team of Legal Advisers for the Justice of the Peace Courts in the Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland & Islands. As a Legal Adviser you will support the effective and efficient delivery of lay justice in the JP courts in the Sheriffdom.

You will be admitted as a solicitor in Scotland (and hold, or could obtain, a current practising certificate from the Law Society of Scotland) or advocate in Scotland and are likely to have experience of criminal court work or relevant work experience in the justice sector or a related field. However, training will be provided and we would like to hear from qualified solicitors or advocates who indicate that they possess the personal qualities required, and who would wish to apply for this challenging and interesting post.

You will be capable of providing independent legal and procedural advice to the Justices of the Peace in and out of court, to clerk JP courts in the Sheriffdom, and fully participate in the training of Justices at a local and national level. You will be part of a team of legal advisers charged with providing an excellent service in the lay criminal courts which are geographically dispersed throughout the Sheriffdom.

We offer an interesting work environment, flexible working arrangements, 25 days holiday entitlement, 11.5 days Public and Privilege holidays and a civil service pension. There are a variety of opportunities for career progression in the service.

If you are interested in these challenging and rewarding opportunities, you may apply online by clicking the 'Apply' button below.

For further information on the posts please contact: Alison Stone, Sheriffdom Legal Adviser, Aberdeen Sheriff & JP Court on 01224 657258 or

The closing date for the post is Monday 25th March 2019.

Interviews will be held the week beginning 15th April2019 (provisional date only)

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service is exempt from the protections of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). This permits us to ask applicants details of both spent and unspent convictions, along with details of any formal cautions that you may have. Individuals without existing security clearance will always be considered as all successful applicants will require a standard level Disclosure check completed before employment can commence.