Assisting Justices of the Peace in performing their judicial duties

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JP Expenses consultation

Consultation on the appropriate rates to use when paying JPs expenses for carrying out their duties This consultation can now be downloaded from the Scottish Government web site at:

Guidelines for JPs

On 22 August 2008, the Lord Justice General issued a Practice Note which applies to all judges. This note states that the fact that a sentence was discounted and the sentence that would otherwise have been imposed, but for the operation of section 196 of the 1995 Act, should be recorded in the court minutes.   […]

Consultation in Tayside Central and Fife

The consultation for the formation of Justice of the Peace courts in the sheriffdom of Tayside Central and Fife has now started. The document is available by clicking here. Comments have to be returned by 30th September 2008. In this Sheriffdom there are 7 Local authority areas and 10 Sheriff Courts. All the Justice of the […]

Consultation for Glasgow and Strathkelvin

The consultation for the formation of Justice of the Peace courts in the sheriffdom Glasgow and Strathkelvin has started. The document is available by clickinghere. Comments have to be returned by 12 August 2008. It is proposed that a single Justice of the Peace Court is established for the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin combining […]

Web site launched

In late April, four members of the SJA executive were trained to maintain and add content to the new web site. The web site has been built by Web Integrations in Stonehaven and has been designed to be easily maintained by members of the executive. Members of the association are able to log in and […]

New Executive Committee member

At their meeting today, the SJA Executive committee accepted the nomination of Andrew Leven to represent the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin. Welome, Andrew!

Benchbook published and distributed

The Justice of the Peace Court Bench Book has now been distributed to JPs and is available through the Judicial Studies Committee web site. Click here to visit the web site. Supplied for personal use, it was prepared by Sherriff Frank Crowe and Ewan Hawthorn, JP and thanks are expressed to the Justices and members […]

Scheme for appraisal of JPs

The consultation paper has now been issued to individual Justices of the Peace and relevant bodies in Scotland. Any JP who has not received a copy should consult the December e-mail update newsletter from the Criminal Justice Directorate for details of how to access it or email the Secretary of the SJA for details. Comments […]

Reception for Shrieval and JP Bench

Members of the SJA executive attended a reception hosted by First Minister Alex Salmond on 27th November 2007. The reception was for members of the Shrieval (ie Sherrifs) and JP Bench and was held in Edinburgh Castle. Your representatives took the opportunity to talk to the the First Minister, to Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary responsible […]