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Consultation on Tribunals regulations 24/10/2016 The Scottish Government is consulting on draft regulations to implement part of the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014

Consultation on Tribunals regulations

The Scottish Government is consulting on draft regulations to implement part of the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014. Comments are sought by 4th December.

The Act established a new, simplified statutory framework for devolved tribunals in Scotland. In particular it created a simple two-tier structure for tribunals - a First-tier Tribunal for hearing first decisions (into which the majority of tribunal jurisdictions will be transferred) and an Upper Tribunal (primarily for appeals from the First-tier). They are known collectively as the Scottish Tribunals.

The newly published draft regulations cover the transfer of the functions and members of the First-tier Tax Tribunal to the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and the functions and members of the Upper Tax Tribunal for Scotland to the Upper Tribunal for Scotland.

According to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, ‘preparations are well under way to create the first Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal – the Housing and Property Chamber – which will replace the functions of the Homeowners Housing Panel and the Private Rented Housing Panel on 1st December 2016. The Upper Tribunal commences on the same date.

‘If the Scottish Government’s proposal to transfer the functions and members of the Tax Tribunal goes ahead as planned, the switch to Scottish Tribunals will take place on 1st April 2017.’

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