Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008

The Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 is an Act of the Scottish Parliament passed in October 2008 to reform the courts of Scotland, to give statutory force to judicial independence, and to establish the Lord President of the Court of Session as Head of the Judiciary of Scotland.

Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision about the judiciary and the courts; to establish the Scottish Court Service; and for connected purposes.
Citation2008 asp 6
Introduced byKenny MacAskill
Territorial extent Scotland
Royal assent29 October 2008
Status: Amended
History of passage through Parliament
Text of statute as originally enacted
Revised text of statute as amended
Text of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.





Judicial independence


Judicial independence is enshrined by Section 1 of the Act, which stipulates specific duties to uphold judicial independence on:

All of those specified are barred from using any form of special access to influence the judgements or decisions made by the judiciary of Scotland.[2]


  1. ^ Scottish Parliament. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 as amended (see also enacted form), from legislation.gov.uk.
  2. ^ "Judicial Independence - Judiciary of Scotland". www.scotland-judiciary.org.uk. Retrieved 12 April 2018.