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Tribunals Bill passes stage 1 at Holyrood

8 November 2013

The Tribunals (Scotland) Bill passed its stage 1 vote at the Scottish Parliament yesterday.

The bill will restructure the tribunals system, to create a two-tier system – a First-tier Tribunal for, into which the majority of tribunal jurisdictions will be transferred, and an Upper Tribunal primarily for appeals from the First-tier.

Judicial leadership will be brought under the remit of the Lord President, and a new office, the President of Scottish Tribunals (PST), will have responsibility for ensuring the new system runs effectively and efficiently. Independent appointment arrangements will be established for tribunal members.

Tribunal reform is part of a phased programme which began with the creation of the Scottish Tribunals Service in December 2010 to provide collective administrative support for five devolved tribunals.

Minister for Legal Affairs Roseanna Cunningham said: “The Tribunals Bill is at the heart of our commitment to improving our justice system, creating a structure which will give users a far better service whilst keeping the specialism and ethos of each individual jurisdiction intact."

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