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Remuneration:£254 per day 

Location:Glasgow City  

Closing date:16 April 2021 at midday 

Would you like to play your part in strengthening public confidence in the ability of the criminal justice system to address miscarriages of justice?

The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) are looking for two new Legal Board Members. 

The Board of the Commission is responsible for the overall strategic direction and performance of the Commission.  It is responsible for determining whether or not to refer cases to the High Court. 

About the role

As a Board Member of the Commission your duties will involve:

  • Fulfilling the Aims and Objectives set by the Scottish Ministers;

  • Deciding whether particular cases merit referral to the High Court;

  • Playing a central role in the consideration and supervision of the Commission’s caseload;

  • Supporting the Chair and the Chief Executive in setting the Commission’s strategic direction within the policies, planning and resources framework set by the Scottish Ministers;

  • Demonstrating high standards of corporate governance at all times;

  • Working individually and as part of a team.

The role of a board member with the SCCRC is significantly different to other public appointments.  Typically the successful candidates can expect to spend approximately 20% of their time on governance matters and 80% on legal casework.


If appointed you will be expected to take up your position on 1 July 2021.  This appointment will be initially for four years.  Re-appointment for a further term is possible subject to evidence of effective performance and satisfying the requirements of the person specification for the role at the time of re-appointment.  Re-appointment is not automatic.

Time commitment

The time commitment will vary from month to month but we expect you to be able to spend between 3 and 4 days per month on Commission work. This will consist of:

  • One full-day Board meeting and one full-day preparation per month

  • One half-day Committee meeting and one half-day preparation per month

  • Two other one-day meetings per year and two days preparation

You must be able to demonstrate an adequate degree of flexibility to undertake the necessary preparation for each meeting which may vary according to the volume of cases under review.

The Commission’s meetings usually take place in its offices at Portland House, 17 Renfield Street, Glasgow, G2 5AH, but due to Covid public health guidance and regulations meetings are currently being held virtually. 


The appointment currently attracts a daily fee of £254 for members. Expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, including reasonable travel and subsistence costs and dependant carer and childcare expenses, will be reimbursed.

The appointment is non-pensionable.


Interviews will be held virtually on 4 May 2021.

Due to the current restrictions of Covid-19 and social distancing, interviews will be conducted remotely via video conferencing.  Applicants who are offered an interview will also be offered any advice or support they may need to attend the video-conferenced interview.

Further information: If you would like to find out more about the role of the SCCRC and its members please either visit their website:

For full information on these appointments, please read the Application Information Pack accessed via the link below. 

Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from people with protected characteristics that are currently under-represented on the boards of Public Bodies, such as women, disabled people, LGBTI+ people, those from black and minority ethnic communities and people aged under 50.

If you have a disability within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010 and require an adjustment at any stage of the public appointments process, please get in touch with the Public Appointments Team on Tel: 0300 244 1898 or by emailing   

Completed applications must be received at or before noon on 16 April 2021.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality.

Application Information

Please apply online via the link below. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team by calling 0300 244 1898; or by emailing

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