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New right of appeal at Investigatory Powers Tribunal - consultation 03/10/2017 The Government has launched a consultation on draft rules governing proceedings at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

New right of appeal at Investigatory Powers Tribunal - consultation

The Government has launched a consultation on draft rules governing proceedings at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

The Investigatory Powers Act 2016, which received Royal Assent in November last year, introduced a right of appeal from decisions of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. This forms part of a range of reforms to the oversight of the security and intelligence agencies, and the use of investigatory powers.

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal provides a right of redress for anyone who believes they have been the victim of unlawful action by a public authority improperly using covert investigative techniques. It is also the appropriate forum to consider claims alleging the infringement of human rights which are brought against the security and intelligence agencies.

The consultation of the draft revised rules, which is open for six weeks, asks for views on the changes to the rules which govern the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The draft rule changes reflect the new right of appeal as well as updating the existing rules to reflect the evolution of Investigatory Powers Tribunal practice and procedures since they were written in 2000.

The right of appeal will be available in limited circumstances where there is a point of law that raises an important point of principle or practice, or where there is some other compelling reason for allowing an appeal.

The consultation can be found here.

 

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