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Sheriffs principal are appointed by His Majesty The King on the recommendation of the First Minister, who receives recommendations from the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. They must have been qualified as an advocate or solicitor for a continuous period of at least ten years immediately preceding appointment. 

They go through a rigorous and holistic application process which tests the high level of skill, experience and professionalism required. Once appointed, all sheriffs principal receive training at the Judicial Institute, which keeps them up to date on the latest changes in the law. They regularly attend courses to build their knowledge and expertise, and receive weekly updates on news and topical issues. Sheriffs principal must retire at the age of 70.