Removing Crofting Commission from tribunals list: assessment results

Results from an equality impact assessment (EQIA) into regulations removing the Crofting Commission from list of Scottish tribunals.

Equality Impact Assessment - Results

Executive summary

These regulations remove the Crofting Commission from the list of tribunals in Schedule 1 to the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014.


Schedule 1 of the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 lists those tribunals that may transfer into the Scottish Tribunals structure. These regulations remove the Crofting Commission from the list of tribunals

The list of tribunals was taken from a report by the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council ( AJTC), which listed tribunals they considered to be devolved Scottish tribunals. The AJTC was a UK body (with a Scottish Committee) established by the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. The AJTC's remit was defined in statute as having to keep the administrative justice system under review and report on the constitution and working of listed tribunals. The AJTC was abolished in 2013 and the successor body in Scotland did not undertake the supervisory role carried out by them. In addition, the Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 did not include provisions for a statutory body, such as the AJTC, to have a supervisory role for the Scottish Tribunals.

The policy contributes to the Scottish Government's Safer and Stronger Objective, through the following national outcome:
- Our public services are high quality, continually improving, efficient and responsive to local people's needs.

The Scope of the EQIA

The Scottish Government carried out a targeted engagement with external stakeholders on the draft Regulations. Responses were received from a range of key stakeholders.

Key Findings

These regulations are technical in nature and maintain the status quo and therefore no issues have been identified.

Recommendations and Conclusion

As the regulations are technical in nature uur assessment is that they do not give rise to any equality issues.


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