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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 Working Shadowing Application Form


Based on the current Scottish Government coronavirus health guidelines, the Judicial Work Shadowing Scheme has been temporarily suspended until further notice.