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Lay Judges in Europe

In July, the SJA Chairman, Philip Murray attended a Symposium of European Lay Judges in Europe which was held at the European Academy in Berlin. Representatives of lay judges and Justices of the Peace from German, Finland, Spain, Sweden, Austria as well as the UK – Scotland England and Wales – attended. On the basis of the discussions during […]


JPs in Scotland

The Commonwealth Magistrates and Justices Association is conducting an international survey and invited the Scottish Justices Association to respond. This response gives a thorough review of JPs in Scotland and the legislative basis for the JP courts and Justices of the Peace and is now available via the SJA web site.  You can also download […]


1 April 2010 changes

A special edition of the Scottish Justice which was produced in conjunction with the Scottish Court Service has now been sent out to members and other recipients of the newsletter. The newsletter provided details of the change brought about by the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 which takes effect on 1 April 2010.


European Lay Judge Forum

The SJA was represented at the Lay Judge Forum in Helsinki on 24/25th October by Susan Kirkwood, the SJA Secretary. The meeting was been called to review potential implications of the Lisbon Treaty to lay justice and will involve lay judges from Finland, Germany, England & Wales, Sweden, Austria and Malta. A report was provided at […]


SJA Executive Elections 2009

There are elections to the SJA executive in three sheriffdoms: Lothian & Borders, North Strathclyde and Tayside Central &Fife.  Voting papers have been sent out in the week of 1 September to all SJA members in those sheriffdoms.(Apologies. The envelope was not included but will be sent to you separately.) In each of Glasgow & […]


400 Years celebration

On the occasion of the receiption held to mark 400 years of the office of Justice of the Peace in Scotland, the Association addressed a loyal greeting to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The reply was received and read out by the Association’s Chairman Mrs Johan Findlay.  A copy can be viewed by clicking here.


Changing Face of Scottish Lay Justice

A recent article in the ‘Magistrate’ magazine by Johan Findlay reflecting the changing face of Scottish Lay Justice is now available online by permission.  You will find it by clicking here or in the Resources section of the web site.


District Courts – a history

This paper (click HERE to download it) produced by Alistair J M Young at the end of 2007 provides a legislative history of the District Court, covering many changes over the last 25 years up to Summary Justice Reform.


Judiciary and Courts Act

The Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act received Royal Assent today. The Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act provides formal recognition of the Lord President as head of the Scottish Judiciary and provides for a number of practical reforms. The Act also gives the Lord President responsibility for the training, welfare and conduct of the judiciary at […]


2008 Executive Elections

SJA Executive Committee Elections 2008   The following representatives were elected   Glasgow and Strathkelvin Andy Leven            3 years Susan Brown          2 years   Grampian Highlands & Islands J Allan Clasper        3 years Rodger Neilson       2 years Susan Kirkwood     1 year   Lothian & Borders Graham W Coe        3 years A Philip Murray        2 years Irene Kitson              1 year   North Strathclyde David […]