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Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008

Chairing Member: appointment and tenure, resignation and removal, vacancy etc.

140.Paragraph 9 places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to appoint one of the lay members as chair to the Board. The Chairing Member’s appointment is determined by the Scottish Ministers and is for no longer than 4 years. There is nothing to prevent a member being re-appointed as the Chairing Member, subject to the overall limit of 8 years on their term of office as an ordinary member of the Board under paragraph 6(3).

141.Paragraph 10(1) and (2) make provision for the resignation or removal of the Chairing Member as chair, but not as a member of the board. Paragraph 10(3) to (6) enable the Chairing Member’s role to be filled temporarily from within the Board in the event of a vacancy, or where the Chairing Member is unable to act for any reason.

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