Court and Tribunal Operations

Modern Apprenticeship



Courts and tribunals are a central part of the Scottish justice system. They provide administrative support to Scottish courts and tribunals and to the judiciary of those courts, including:

  • the High Court of Justiciary

  • the Court of Session

  • Sheriff Courts

  • Justice of the Peace Courts

  • the Office of the Public Guardian and Accountant of Court

The work includes:

  • processing cases

  • arranging hearings

  • distributing decisions

  • providing administrative support to the members of courts and tribunals and their judicial heads

Apprenticeship framework(s)

Your employee will study for a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF Level 5 or 6.

Select each to see the framework document and qualification(s) at that level.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this framework. Achievement of academic qualifications such as National 4s, National 5s and Highers is one way of assessing the suitability of applicants.

However, each candidate will be reviewed on their own merit. You should also be aware of newer vocational qualifications or vocational activity undertaken outwith an academic institution, such as volunteering activity.

Progression and development

Candidates who complete at SCQF Level 5 could progress to the SVQ in Court and Tribunal Operations at SCQF Level 6.

Following completion of this Modern Apprenticeship at either level, candidates will have the opportunity to progress into similar and cross-sector roles. Disciplines include qualifications in legal, administration and management disciplines. There are also various job opportunities for candidates to pursue when they finish the apprenticeship.

How does it work?

Apprentices will learn in a real-world environment and earn a wage. They’ll also study with a college or other learning provider.

Cost and funding

We contribute towards training costs

We do this by paying the learning provider throughout the apprenticeship.

The training contribution calculator will show you our funding contribution for this framework.

An enhanced funding contribution is paid for employees aged 16 to 19. For those who are disabled and care-experienced, this is extended up to and including age 29.

Speak to a range of learning providers to find the best deal and agree on a flexible approach to meet your business needs.

Who pays the apprentice?

Like any other employee of your business, you’ll pay the Modern Apprentice's wages. This is not set by SDS, but we encourage all employers to pay the Living Wage. Remember, you must pay at least the National Minimum Wage.

How long will it take?

It will take between 12 and 24 months to complete.

Need information or advice?

Call our advisors to find out more about Modern Apprenticeships.

0800 783 6000

Sounds right for your business?

The next step is to find a learning provider that offers this apprenticeship.

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