Adjudication Panel for England


Adjudication Panel for England

The Adjudication Panel for England is an independent judicial tribunal set up under the Local Government Act 2000. It is a Non-departmental public body which rules on complaints referred to it by the Standards Board for England regarding alleged breaches of English local authorities' codes of conduct by elected members of those authorities. It can impose a range of penalties, ranging from a reprimand to disqualification from holding elected office for up to five years. [http://www.adjudicationpanel.co.uk/documents/postfinding_action_march_04_booklet_version.pdf]

The Panel is part of the UK tribunal system and, as of 1 November 2007, its Case Tribunals and Interim Case Tribunals fall under the supervision of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council. [Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (Listed Tribunals) Order 2007, [http://www.opsi.gov.uk/si/si2007/uksi_20072951_en_1 SI 2007/2951] ]

Controversy

The Adjudication Panel came to prominence in February 2006 when it suspended Mayor of London Ken Livingstone from office for four weeks [http://www.adjudicationpanel.co.uk/documents/notice_of_decision.pdf] following comments he made to "Evening Standard" journalist Oliver Finegold, which Finegold taped. The suspension attracted criticism from the media, [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1052-2059940,00.html] and from across the political spectrum including former mayoral candidates Steve Norris (Conservative) and Simon Hughes (Lib Dem) and was subject to a critical motion in the London Assembly [http://www.london.gov.uk/assembly/assemmtgs/2006/plenarymar15/item10a.pdf] proposed by Damian Hockney (One London) and seconded by Darren Johnson (Green). The suspension was due to start on March 1, 2006, but the High Court stayed the suspension on February 28, pending an appeal by Livingstone. The appeal hearing started on October 4 [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/5405252.stm] and on October 19 the judge, Mr Justice Collins, overturned the Panel's decision and said that it had misdirected itself. The suspension was quashed and full costs were awarded to Ken Livingstone [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/6065124.stm] .

References

ee also

*Standards Board for England

External links

* [http://www.adjudicationpanel.co.uk/ Official website]
* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4748116.stm BBC Online: What is the adjudication panel?]


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