- Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council
The Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council is a
Non-Departmental Public Bodyin the United Kingdom, responsible for supervising and regulating administrative justiceand tribunals. It was created by the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, and came into being on the 1 November 2007, under the chairmanship of Baron Newton of Braintree.
The Council is composed of: [
Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.44/ Sch.7, paras.1-11]
Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration; and
*Between ten and fifteen members who are appointed by the
Lord Chancellor, the Scottish ministersand the Welsh Ministers.
There is a Scottish committee of the Council composed of:
*The Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration;
Scottish Public Services Ombudsman;
*Scottish members of the Council.
There is a Welsh committee of the Council composed of:
*The Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration;
Welsh Public Services Ombudsman;
*Welsh members of the Council.
Functions of the Council
The "administrative justice system” is the overall system by which decisions of an administrative or executive nature are made in relation to particular persons, including:
*Procedures for making such decisions;
Lawunder which such decisions are made; and
*Systems for resolving disputes and airing grievances in relation to such decisions.
The Council is to: [
Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.44/ Sch.7, para.13]
*Keep the administrative justice system under review;
*Consider ways to make the system accessible, fair and efficient;
*Give advice on the development of the system to:
**Welsh Ministers, and
Senior President of Tribunals;
*Refer proposals for changes in the system to those persons; and
*Make proposals for research into the system.
The Council can make reports on any of these issues it thinks appropriate.
The Council is to keep under review, and report on, the
constitutionand working of the listed tribunals (the tribunals under its supervision), in general and individually. It is also to report on any other matter relating to the listed tribunals or referred to it by the Lord Chancellor, the Scottish and Welsh ministers. The Council may scrutinise and comment on legislationrelating to tribunals. [ Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.44/ Sch.7, paras.14-16]
The listed tribunals will ultimately be the
First-tier Tribunaland Upper Tribunalcreated under the 2007 Act [ Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.44/ Sch.7, para.25(1)] but, during the transitional period 107 existing tribunals were transferred to the supervision of the Council on 1 November 2007. [Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (Listed Tribunals) Order 2007, SI 2007/2951]
The Council is to keep under review, and report on, the constitution and working of statutory inquiries, any important matter that relates to statutory inquiries or which is referred to it. [
Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.44/ Sch.7, para.15]
Programme of work
In planning its programme of work, the Council must consider the work of: [
Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.44/ Sch.7, para.20]
Civil Justice Council;
Social Security Advisory Committee; and
Industrial Injuries Advisory Council.
The Council must publish an
annual report. [ Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.44/ Sch.7, para.21]
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