Scotland is facing a judicial recruitment crisis

not enough masons?


August 11, 2017

Our enquiries among leading QCs found that most had no appetite to become judges citing hostile media coverage, lack of respect for the judiciary, relatively modest pay and pension packages, a backlog of distressing child sex abuse cases and concerns over judicial independence as well as the isolation and strenuous work load.

The Lord President, Lord Carloway, is known to be concerned about the situation and anecdotal evidence largely chimes with our findings.

Many advocates and solicitor-advocates have no intention of applying to become Senators of the College of Justice – confirming the Lord President’s concerns regarding recruitment.

A career on the bench, once considered a natural progression for an experienced QC and the pinnacle of a successful legal career, is no longer necessarily an attractive proposition for the most able members of the Scottish bar.

The appointment process is one factor that puts off prospective applicants…

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