Apply to become a Justice of the Peace

Last updated: 30 January 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.