Apply to become a justice of the peace

Last updated: 1 August 2019

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 does not need to be legally qualified. They just need to be committed and able to make good, sound judgements.

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