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                                                  Law Clerk
     Job Title:                           to the Lord Justice Clerk

                      Supreme Courts
Court Location:         Parliament
                          House,
                        Edinburgh

      Grade:               Grade 7            Starting salary:             £41,820 per
                                                                             annum
                                                 Number of
    Responsible       The Lord Justice           vacancies:                    1
        to:                Clerk


Contract type:                        Fixed Term Contract for 2 years


                                   Overall Purpose

The Law Clerk to the Lord Justice Clerk is a legally qualified official. The post-holder
assists the Lord Justice Clerk in the performance of his judicial functions by noting
arguments presented in Court and preparing draft text which is suitable for possible
inclusion in the Opinions issued by the Court of Session and the High Court of
Justiciary. The post-holder also carries out legal research for the Lord Justice Clerk
and prepares summaries of recent legal and legislative developments.

                                 Key Responsibilities

    Takes detailed and accurate notes of the arguments presented at the hearings in
     which the Lord Justice Clerk is the presiding judge.

    Under reference to the detailed notes referred to above and the written material
     in the case, prepares draft text for possible inclusion in the Opinion of the Court,
     including a narration of the facts, procedural history and arguments of the parties.

    Carries out legal research as instructed by the Lord Justice Clerk.

    Monitors legal and legislative developments with a view to summarising these for
     the assistance of the Lord Justice Clerk.

    Prepares summaries of cases in which the Lord Justice Clerk is due to sit based
     on the documentation lodged in Court.




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    Proof reads opinions and other draft documentation as required by the Lord
     Justice Clerk.

    Prepares research and briefing and other papers as required by the Lord Justice
     Clerk.

    Carries out such other legal and administrative tasks as may be allocated by the
     Lord Justice Clerk.

The above lists are not exhaustive and the job holder may be required to
undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the
post.


                                Working Relationships


    The jobholder will be required to have contact with the groups identified below.

        Lord Justice Clerk
        Members of the Judiciary
        Depute Clerks
        Members of the Legal Profession
        Staff within the Supreme Courts


                      Training and development opportunities


All Scottish Court Service staff will receive:

        local and corporate induction training
        on the job training
        a Personal Develop Plan (PDP) as part of regular performance reviews
        personal online access to training courses and development programmes
         which are available to Scottish Court Service staff

The Scottish Court Service is also an:

        Institute of Leadership & Management Accredited Centre
        SQA Approved Centre
     

                                 Employment Checks


To comply with the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard outlined by the
Cabinet Office the Scottish Court Service must verify all four elements below for
all new staff:

 Identity - For this purpose you will be asked to provide evidence of your
  identity if invited to interview and potentially again on your first day. A list of


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   acceptable forms of identification will be set out in your invite to interview
   letter.

 Nationality and Immigration Status (including an entitlement to
  undertake the work in question) - You will be asked to provide proof of your
  eligibility to work and remain in the UK and the Civil Service. This, along with
  your identity will be checked at interview. The forms of acceptable
  documentation will again be noted in your invite to interview letter.

 Employment History (Past 3 Years) – If you are successful, at least 2
  references will be undertaken to verify your employment history and suitability
  for appointment. For those that have not been in employment for this period,
  alternative reference checks will be completed e.g. Educational. Prospective
  employees are additionally required to give a reasonable account of any
  significant periods (6 months or more in the past 3 years) of time spent
  abroad.

 Criminal Records Check- For this purpose a ‘standard’ Disclosure Scotland
  Check will be completed for all new starters. The Scottish Court Service is
  exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, so all convictions
  whether they are spent or not will be considered.

Additional to the Baseline Security checks detailed above, the Scottish Court
Service will also undertake the following:

 Occupational Health Checks – To assess if a candidate is fit for
  employment and if adjustments need to be made for the successful
  candidate.

Only after all these checks have been completed and the results found to be
satisfactory will the successful candidate be able eligible to commence work with
the Scottish Court Service. Refusal to provide any of the information stated above
will be taken into account when making the employment decision and
employment may be refused.

                              Additional Information


The Scottish Court Service processes data which is sensitive and deals with
matters of a private nature, this often can result in staff interacting with vulnerable
members of society or having access to personal and confidential information. As
a result, the Scottish Court Service is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders
Act (1974) and is therefore unable to recruit members of the public who have a
previous criminal conviction(s) (spent or unspent).

               Corporate/Local responsibilities & requirements

The job holder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to
the Scottish Court Service’s:

      Values & Behaviours



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      Civil Service Code of Conduct
      Attendance Management Policy
      Dignity at Work Policy
      Conduct and Discipline Policy
      Equal Opportunities Policy
      Health & Safety Policy
      Electronic Communications Policy and Data Protection Act

Job descriptions should be reviewed on a regular basis and at the annual
appraisal. Any changes should be made and agreed between post holder and
line manager.

The above lists are not exhaustive and the job holder may be required to
undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the
post.




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