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The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee has published a call for evidence on the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill, asking for views from those who sit on, use or have had any experience of tribunals, on the proposed new structure for devolved tribunals in Scotland.

The Bill will create a two-tier structure of a First-tier Tribunal, where most business will take place, and an Upper Tribunal to hear appeals and some hearings.

It also proposes transferring existing devolved tribunals such as the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland to the new structure. Changes to the leadership, personnel and appointment process to Scottish Tribunals, as well as the reviews and appeals process are also proposed. See our earlier blog for more details.

“Sometimes when people hear the word “tribunals,” they yawn. But tribunals like the Education Appeals Committee deal with the nitty-gritty that has a direct impact and relevance on peoples’ daily lives,” commented Committee Convener Christine Grahame MSP.

“We want to hear from people who have had experience of using or sitting on tribunals as well as those in the legal profession on whether they believe the proposed new structure will streamline the tribunals’ process and improve the quality of services provided,” she concluded.

Those wishing to submit evidence to the Committee should do so by 2nd August.

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