The Office of Chair of the Scottish Land Court – Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland

The Office of Chair of the Scottish Land Court

The Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland invites applications from suitably qualified individuals who wish to be considered for appointment to the office of Chair of the Scottish Land Court.

The Court presently comprises a legally qualified Chair with the rank and tenure of a Court of Session judge, a legally qualified part-time Deputy Chair and two part-time practical agricultural members. This vacancy arises on the current Chair’s retirement in December 2022.

Historically it has been customary that the successful applicant would also be appointed as President of the Lands Tribunal for Scotland, and The Judicial Office for Scotland have confirmed this is the Lord President’s intention. Therefore applicants should understand that if successful they would most likely be expected to fulfill both roles and to manage the upcoming unification of the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland. the Guidance Note for Applicants provides further information.

Selection is made solely on merit. The Board encourages and welcomes applications from the widest possible range of eligible individuals. The Board would particularly welcome applications from protected groups covered by the Equality Act 2010 such as; women, people with a disability or those from an ethnic minority background.

Whilst applicants would benefit from having a background or experience in land law applications are welcomed from first rate lawyers whatever their area of ​​practice or expertise.

Applicants must have been legally qualified for at least 10 years. A person who is legally qualified is either an Advocate, a Sheriff, a Sheriff Principal or a Solicitor with rights of audience in the Court of Session. On appointment the successful applicant will have the same rank and tenure of office as if they had been appointed a Senator of the College of Justice.

The application pack can be obtained from the Board’s site. If you experience difficulties with the online application please email the Business Management Unit at or call 0131 528 5101.

Applications should be submitted no later than noon on Monday 26 September 2022

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