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President Employment Tribunal applications


Mar 14, 2022

Applications are invited by 11 April for the post of President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland).


The current President is retiring with effect from 15 July 2022. The appointment is to be made by the Lord President of the Court of Session under regulation 5 of the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013. Under these Regulations candidates must be one of the following: 

  • a person who satisfies the judicial-appointment eligibility condition within the meaning of section 50 of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 on a 5-year basis
  • an advocate or solicitor admitted in Scotland of at least five years standing
  • a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland or solicitor of the Supreme Court of Northern Ireland of at least five years standing.

Employment Tribunals have a wide jurisdiction conferred by a number of enactments, including the Equality Act 2010, the Employment Rights Act 1996, the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and a significant range of statutory instruments, including a number dealing with family-friendly rights.

An Employment Tribunal can be constituted as a full tribunal (consisting of an Employment Judge and two non-legal members) or as an Employment Judge sitting alone. In Scotland, the tribunals are constituted from a body of 22 salaried employment judges (not including the president and vice president), 23 fee paid employment judges and approximately 100 non-legal members.

As well as chairing tribunals, the President has an important judicial leadership role with responsibility for the career development of employment judges and non-legal members of the tribunals. The President also oversees the deployment of the judiciary of the tribunals, as well as ensuring that high standards of case management and decision making are achieved and maintained.

For further information and an application pack, please contact Paul McKinlay, Judicial Office for Scotland, Parliament House, Parliament Square, Edinburgh EH1 1RQ (email, to whom applications should be submitted.

The deadline for completed applications is noon on 11 April 2022.