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Judicial Institute Annual Report


Sep 30, 2021

The Judicial Institute for Scotland has today published its Annual Report for the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021.


It details progress against Year 2 of its Business Plan 2019 – 2022 as well as its operational and strategic response to the COVID19 pandemic.

The Judicial Institute provides education for Scottish judges and its guiding philosophy is that judicial education is judge-led, judge-devised and judge-delivered.

As it became apparent that restrictions on travel and gathering were ongoing because of the pandemic, almost all courses were redesigned and delivered using the medium of live online learning.

The Institute delivered timely and pertinent learning to all judges, sheriffs, and justices through the Judicial Hub and created a Coronavirus Resource page for information directly relevant to the judiciary. The Judicial Hub platform has been a vital tool in keeping the judiciary informed and access rates were high across all judicial offices.

The Institute continued to focus on one of its core remits, providing induction training to new summary sheriffs, sheriffs, temporary judges and senators. In addition it continued to offer a rich prospectus of courses to judicial office holders and developed a number of resource kits and briefing papers. During the reporting period the Institute delivered 18 days of remote programming for a total of 223 delegates. It significantly increased the number of briefing papers from a noteworthy 150 from the previous reporting year to 243 this year.

Although a challenging year, the Institute responded with innovative ways of working and supporting the judiciary of Scotland.

Annual Report 2020-2021

30 September 2021