Date lodged: 6 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers Justices of the Peace to be part of the Justiciary.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 16 March 2018
Justices of the Peace are lay magistrates who sit with a legally qualified adviser to deal with summary criminal cases. They sit either alone or on a treble bench and deal with many driving offences, less serious assaults, breach of the peace, theft and other less serious crimes in the local courts. Justices of the Peace are part of the Scottish judiciary, falling under the Lord President's statutory headship of the Scottish judiciary under the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008.