Appointment of Members
Members of the Council are appointed by the Lord President.
Membership comprises of two sheriffs principal, three sheriffs, one advocate, five solicitors, two sheriff clerks and two lay members.
Lay members should have a knowledge of the working procedures and practices of the civil courts, a knowledge of consumer affairs and an awareness of the interests of litigants in the sheriff courts. The Lord President consults the Cabinet Secretary for Justice before appointing lay members.
The membership is completed by one person appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who appears to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice to be qualified for such appointment.
Period of Office
Members of the Council are appointed for three years and are eligible for re-appointment, unless they lose their qualification for appointment.
If a vacancy on the Council occurs before the end of the Council's term of office, it will be filled by either the Lord President or the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, as appropriate, nominating a replacement who will hold office for the remainder of the Council's term of office.
One of the two sheriff principal members of the Council is appointed by the Lord President to be Chairman.
The Secretary to the Council is appointed by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.
The Council should meet at intervals of not more than six months. A meeting may be requisitioned by the Chairman of the Council or any three members of the Council.
Six members shall be a quorum at any meeting of the Council.