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Tribunals Bill passes Stage 3, 11/03/14 [S]

During its meeting of 11 March 2014 the Scottish Parliament passed the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill at Stage 3.

Tribunals are a key part of the legal system and are, in the main, an informal means of resolving disputes in areas like land, learning, charities, health and housing.

Having passed Stage 3 the Tribunals Bill will restructure the current system, which has developed in an ad-hoc way over many years, while continuing to protect the distinctive nature and culture of each particular jurisdiction.

The Bill will:

• create a simple two-tier system - 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)
• Bring judicial leadership under the remit of the Lord President
• Create a new office, the President of Scottish Tribunals (PST), to assist the Lord President with his new duties
• Establish safeguards to protect all jurisdictions and ensure all individual characteristics and specialisms are secure
• Ensure proceedings are accessible, fair to all parties and handled quickly and efficiently
•Establish new independent appointment arrangements

For full details see the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government websites.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 11 March 2014

Scottish Government news release

Tribunals (Scotland) Bill