Scott served a judge on Circuit Court in Miami from 1980 to 1984, returning to private practice in Fort Lauderdale from 1984 to 1985. He was an instructor at the University of Miami from 1984 to 1986.
President Ronald Reagan nominated Scott to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on June 20, 1985, to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333. Confirmed by the Senate on July 16, 1985, and received commission two days later.
Scott resigned from the court on October 31, 1990, and resumed private practice in Miami.