This briefing looks at Stage 1 and Stage 2 consideration of the Tribunals (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 8 May 2013. The Bill seeks to make a number of changes to the structure of devolved tribunals in Scotland.
Key issues during scrutiny of the Bill so far include:
- The potential need for the legislation to include principles defining the nature of tribunals and the needs of users
- The potential for “judicialisation” of tribunals – i.e. the risk that the new structure could lead to cases being dealt with in line with court-based processes rather than in a more informal way
- The need for a balance between providing a common structure for tribunals whilst retaining individual tribunal processes and expertise
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Published: 7 March 2014