We arrange for duty solicitors to be available at all times throughout the year in each sheriff and JP court district. These arrangements take the form of “court duty plans” which are made available to court offices, police stations and other places where the client may need to be put in touch with you.
Each plan shows:
To meet the criteria you must:
In order to meet this definition, you must be able to demonstrate that you are a competent and knowledgeable criminal practitioner. You should be able to demonstrate a level of professional experience in the following:
You must be able to demonstrate that you:
Firms on the duty plans
If you move from one firm to another, the respective shares of the duty plans will remain the same until new plans are drafted. You will still be entitled to provide duty services for the new firm if they feature on a court duty plan.
You will be entitled to apply for inclusion on both the sheriff and JP court plans.
You and your firm can normally only be included on a duty plan for one sheriff court district at any one time. If your firm has more than one place of business in different court areas, allocations can be made on each plan based on the eligible solicitors conducting their business at each office.
It is our responsibility to operate the duty schemes. While we cannot accept any changes to the basic eligibility criteria, we recognise the value and importance of engaging with local faculties. We will tailor local schemes to reflect particular local circumstances where this is appropriate.
Examples of these issues are:
Court duty solicitor arrangements
Learn about the payment arrangements if you are acting as the court duty solicitor.