Apply to become a justice of the peace

Last updated: 7 June 2018

A justice of the peace is a member of the public who can hear criminal cases in local courts.

This can include cases on:

  • theft
  • assault
  • breach of the peace
  • road traffic offences

A justice of the peace doesn't have to be legally qualified – they just have to be committed and able to make good, sound judgements.

Visit the Scottish Government website to apply to become a justice of the peace.