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Remuneration:£550 per day 

Location:Hamilton, South Lanarkshire 

Closing date:31 August 2019 at midnight 


Scottish Ministers invite applications from eligible candidates who are interested in appointment as President of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (MHTS).

The MHTS was established by the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 and under that Act Scottish Ministers may appoint a President of the Tribunal to preside over the discharge of the Tribunal's functions.

Applicants should note that whilst the advertised post is for a President of the MHTS, under the terms of the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 (the 2014 Act), the MHTS is a tribunal listed as one which will move into the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland. Upon this transfer, the Mental Health Chamber (MHC) will be established and the MHTS will be abolished. This transfer is scheduled to happen in late 2019, shortly after the successful applicant in this recruitment round is appointed and upon transfer the successful applicant will become President of the MHC.

The 2014 Act created a new simplified statutory framework for tribunals in Scotland, bringing existing tribunal jurisdictions together and providing a structure for new jurisdictions. The 2014 Act created two new tribunals, the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and the Upper Tribunal for Scotland, known collectively as the Scottish Tribunals. The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland is grouped into subject specific chambers.


The key duties in this role will be to:

  • provide leadership and management of the MHTS and, upon transfer, the MHC and to maintain and develop its reputation as an independent, accessible, professional and expert tribunal;

  • upon transfer, contribute to the strategic development of the Scottish Tribunals, supporting the Lord President and the President of the Scottish Tribunals in their statutory responsibilities;

  • be responsible on a day to day basis for the judicial quality, efficiency and smooth running of the MHTS/MHC, reporting to the President of the Scottish Tribunals after transfer and overseeing the operation of the MHTS/MHC and its members (ensuring that prior to transfer the President of the Scottish Tribunals is appropriately informed and consulted as necessary);

  • ensure, on a day to day basis, the MHTS/MHC’s adherence to the relevant rules of procedure;   

  • provide such guidance to members in relation to the discharge of their duties as appears necessary or expedient; 

  • ensure that the Lord President’s guidance as to the Principles of Judicial Ethics is adhered to;

  • have regard to the welfare of the members of the MHTS/MHC and ensure that any policies issued by the Judicial Office for Scotland on behalf of the Lord President in respect of welfare are adhered to;

  • represent the MHTS/MHC at conferences, official functions and other meetings;

  • manage and develop specialist training for members of the MHTS/MHC and adhere to any arrangements the Lord President has put in place for the training of members of the Scottish Tribunals; and

  • ensure that judicial standards are maintained and that public confidence in the MHTS/MHC remains high.  

Skills and Personal Qualities

  • Leadership and Management

  • Strategic Direction

  • Sound Judgement and Intellectual Capacity

  • Management skills

  • Communication and interpersonal skills

  • Legal Knowledge

  • Independent with a personal commitment to probity and integrity.

About the appointment

The fee for the role of MHTS President (and upon tranfer MHC President) is £550 per day.

 Travel and subsistence expenses will also be met.

 The appointment will primarily be based at:

Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

Bothwell House, First Floor

Hamilton Business Park

Caird Park



Applicants should also note that some travel throughout Scotland may be required in this role.

It is expected that the President will, each month, commit at least 10-15 days to the role.

The Scottish Ministers are committed to the principles of appointment on merit through an open, fair, transparent and impartial process. We invite applications from those with relevant experience, irrespective of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, disability or belief.

The successful applicant will be required to produce a satisfactory enhanced disclosure certificate, which the successful applicant will be liable to meet the cost of obtaining. The cost is currently £25.

Application information

An application pack can be obtained by emailing mhts.recruitment@gov.scot.

If you have any queries please contact Lauren Keillor, Scottish Government on 0131 244 2201.

The closing date for this vacancy is midnight on 31 August 2019.

The sift will take place week beginning 09 September 2019 and interviews will be held in Edinburgh week beginning 23 September 2019.

Appointed on merit; committed to diversity and equality

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