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The Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme gives any qualified solicitor, solicitor-advocate or advocate the opportunity to apply to spend up to 3 days observing the work of a judicial office holder. The purpose of this scheme is to encourage legal practitioners to consider applying for judicial office. 


The scheme will provide a suitable environment for legal professionals interested in applying for a judicial office to:

  • share issues which they perceive as inhibiting an application (e.g. concerns about a work/life balance or self-confidence)
  • receive confidential advice, support and guidance from a mentor judge
  • learn more about the judiciary
  • establish the skills & experiences required to support an application
  • identify areas where further development & experience are required and consider how best to achieve this.


To apply for a placement, please read the Scheme Guidance below and send a completed application form to the

Alternatively post it to:

Strategy & Governance

Judicial Office for Scotland

Parliament House






Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme Guidance


Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme Application Form