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Consultation on the Scottish Government's Proposals for a New Tribunal System for Scotland

Consultation on the Scottish Government's Proposals for a New Tribunal System for Scotland

Friday, March 23, 2012

ISBN: 9781780455877

Scottish Government's proposals for reforming the devolved tribunal system in Scotland.

Executive Summary

The consultation proposes:

• To make provision for a statutory framework enabling the separate devolved

Scottish tribunals to be brought into a single unified system, internally organised

according to case type and with clear onward rights of appeal established in

accordance with the principles of civil justice.

• To ensure impartial decision-making in the unified Scottish tribunal system by

guaranteeing in statute the independence of tribunal judiciary and also by

establishing new arrangements for appointing tribunal members, determining

tribunal processes and providing tribunals with the necessary administrative

resources.

• To establish a common judicial leadership across the Scottish tribunal system,

under the senior leadership of the Lord President of the Court of Session, with

powers of delegation for leadership functions, including to a new President of

Scottish Tribunals with responsibility for the efficient disposal of business.

• To make statutory provision for a devolved Scottish tribunal system which will

provide scope for integration with the system of UK reserved tribunals operating

in Scotland and so enable the common execution of judicial and administrative

functions in respect of both devolved and reserved law, in a joint system.