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Being a Justice of the Peace

Justices of the Peace deal with many of the crimes that affect our communities and are a very important part of Scotland's justice system.

They are not lawyers or legal professionals. They are ordinary members of the community who give their time on a voluntary basis to deliver justice.

Justices of the Peace are appointed on merit

What does a Justice of the Peace do?

Justice of the Peace

Applications are warmly welcomed from people of all backgrounds and reflecting all parts of the community.

By statute certain people are excluded from serving as a Justice of the Peace:

  • If you are at or over the current statutory retirement age for Justices of the Peace, which is 70 years
  • Members of a local authority                                                                                   

    What skills do I need?

    Justice of the Peace

  • Members of the Scottish Parliament
  • Members of the House of Commons
  • Members of the House of Lords
  • Those who have been the subject of sequestration or bankruptcy proceedings

Successful candidates will be those who have demonstrated they have the necessary personal qualities to become a Justice of the Peace.