Legislation / Legal
TS: A strategy to reform tribunals into a more efficient, independent and user-focused service has been published by the Tribunals Service (TS). 'Delivering the future: one system, one service' sets out the blueprint on how TS - an agency of the new Ministry of Justice - will use the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill currently before Parliament to move from a service administering 27 very different central government tribunals to one providing unified support to a radically simplified tribunal structure.
The TS Strategy outlines plans to set up around 40 hearing centres in major towns & cities that can host a wide variety of tribunals. These will make more services available to the public at a single venue. These will be complemented by the hiring of venues in other locations when very local hearings are necessary.
Press release ~ 'Delivering the future: one system, one service' ~ Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill ~ White Paper 'Transforming public services: complaints, redress and tribunals' ~ Tribunals Service ~ Ministry of Justice ~ 27 central government tribunals and organisations
Scottish Executive: The Lord Justice Clerk, the Rt Hon Lord Gill, Chairman of the Civil Courts Review, has issued a call for information & evidence to assist the Review in its work. The 2-year Review will look at the provision of civil justice by the courts in Scotland, including their structure, jurisdiction, procedures and working methods, having particular regard to:
- the cost of litigation to parties and to the public purse
- the role of mediation and other methods of dispute resolution in relation to court process
- the development of modern methods of communication and case management
- the issue of specialisation of courts or procedures, including the relationship between the
civil and criminal courts