The Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Act 2008 provides that the Lord President, as Head of the Scottish Judiciary, has statutory responsibility for making and maintaining arrangements for the training and guidance of judicial office holders.
On 30 January 2019, the Judicial Institute announced that all judges and sheriffs in Scotland will receive specific training on domestic abuse ahead of the commencement of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2019 on 1 April. Since 2014, induction for new Sheriffs has included training on family law and domestic abuse.
Section 1 of the Civil Evidence (Family Mediation) (Scotland) Act 1995 protects the confidentiality of the family mediation process where the mediation is conducted by a mediator accredited by an organisation approved by the Lord President. Decisions on what training must be in place for a mediation organisation to be approved under the 1995 Act are a matter for the Lord President.