1The following categories of person shall, in accordance with this paragraph and paragraphs 2 and 3 below, be eligible to be appointed as judges of the Court of Session—S
(a)sheriffs principal and sheriffs who have held office as such for a continuous period of not less than 5 years; and
(b)solicitors who, by virtue of section 25A (rights of audience) of the M1Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980, have for a continuous period of not less than 5 years had a right of audience in both the Court of Session and the High Court of Justiciary.
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