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Tribunal reform announced 09/05/2013 The Scottish Parliament has published new legislation intended to create a more user-friendly, simplified structure for Scotland’s tribunals.

Tribunal reform announced

The Scottish Parliament has published new legislation intended to create a more user-friendly, simplified structure for Scotland’s tribunals.

The Tribunals Bill will:

  • Create a simple two-tier structure for tribunals - a First-tier Tribunal for hearing first decision cases and Upper Tribunal Scotland primarily for appeals from the first-tier;
  • Bring judicial leadership under the remit of the Lord President;
  • Create a new office, the President of Scottish Tribunals, with the responsibility for ensuring tribunal business runs effectively and efficiently;
  • Establish new independent appointment arrangements; and
  • Continue to protect the distinctive nature and culture of each particular jurisdiction.

The move has been welcomed by many, including Aileen Devanny, President, Private Rented Housing Panel/ Homeowner Housing Panel.

“This Bill gives recognition to the importance of Scottish tribunals and their role in providing a proportionate and accessible justice system for users,” she said. “It provides a flexible framework to meet changing demands for legal dispute resolution into the 21st Century, whilst at the same time acknowledging the need to retain the specialism and preserve the distinctiveness of the existing tribunals, such as the Private Rented Housing Panel and the Homeowner Housing Panel.”
 

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