Employers can make a significant contribution to their community by supporting and assisting employees who wish to become a Justice of the Peace.
Benefits to Employers
Your organisation will reap the rewards of the wide-reaching training and experience Justices of the Peace receive to enhance their skills. They receive a wide range of training including teamworking; communications skills; decision making; presentation skills; leadership and mentoring; time management; acceptance of responsibility; legal issues and regulations. These are the types of skills that can readily be transferred into the working environment.
Justices of the Peace perform an invaluable service on behalf of our communities. Through the continuing support of employers we can ensure that Justices of the Peace receive the encouragement they deserve and help to promote a fairer and safer Scotland.
The Employment Rights Act 1996 requires employers to allow Justices of the Peace time off in order to perform their duties as a Justice of the Peace. Justices of the Peace in Scotland commit themselves to sitting on the bench at least twelve times a year. It should be possible to plan for days when they will be absent as a result of their bench duties, since court rotas for justices are planned some time in advance.
Employers are not legally required to pay employees who are taking time off to serve as Justices of the Peace. However many choose to do so. This is in recognition of the fact that serving as a Justice of the Peace brings significant benefits to the community and benefits to employers.