Courts and tribunals
British Courts and Tribunals
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
The site content remains most relevant to the courts. It provides access to rules of court, decisions from the courts and the Upper Tribunal, court forms, fee information, rolls of court etc.
Judiciary of Scotland
This site lists all judges and sheriffs presently in office, some basic information about how the courts work, principles of judicial ethics and independence and the practicalities of going to a court. Sentencing statements, judgment summaries and FAI determination summaries are published here.
First-tier Tribunal for Scotland
The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland has been organised into five separate chambers, as detailed below. This page provides links to each chamber within the First-tier, and to the other Tribunals administered by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.
General Regulatory Chamber
The General Regulatory Chamber deals with charity appeals and parking and bus lane appeals. Useful information on Tribunal procedure is provided, and appeal decisions for the charity appeals jurisdiction.
Health and Education Chamber
This tribunal has an attractive well-ordered site with a clear and well-referenced section setting out the law and lots of useful information about Tribunal administration etc. Contains a searchable database of tribunal decisions, which have been effectively anonymised. Downloadable forms, guidance and other information round out a very useful site. The 'needs to learn' section of the website has been designed specifically for use by children accessing the Tribunal.
Housing and Property Chamber
The Housing and Property Chamber was set up to undertake the functions of the Private Rented Housing Panel (PRHP) and the Homeowner Housing Panel (HOHP). Broadly speaking, it deals with rent cases, repairs cases and (more recently) some eviction and repossession cases. The website has huge amounts of useful information available, from forthcoming hearings, to decisions databases, to formal notice of cases served by advertisement.
Social Security Chamber
The Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland handles appeals against decisions of Social Security Scotland. At present this is limited to decisions on the Best Start Grant, Funeral Support Payment and Young Carer Grant. Very much a case of "watch this space" at the moment.
A slimline site, which nonetheless provides useful info on the members of the Tax Chamber, downloadable forms and access to all of its decisions. The Tax Chamber deals with appeals relating to the Lands and Buildings Transaction Tax and the Scottish Landfill Tax.
Upper Tribunal for Scotland
The Upper Tribunal for Scotland makes do with a page on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website, which includes links to the legislation, downloadable forms for permission to appeal and decisions of the Upper Tribunal.
Children’s Hearings Scotland
Deals with all aspects of the Scottish system of Children’s Hearings which aim to safeguard the needs of vulnerable children. Includes a really useful set of publications to read and/or download, including information designed specifically for children (and younger children).
Council Tax Reduction Review Panel
A commendably straight-to-the point, four page website. The front page quickly establishes the circumstances in which you can apply to the panel, then takes you directly to the page which explains how to do that, complete with application form, guidance and a note on expenses. Done.
Lands Tribunal for Scotland
Dealing with a variety of different types of cases, the Lands Tribunal website explains the range of its jurisdiction, gives details of how to apply to the Tribunal and provides access to previous decisions, grouped by type and searchable, too.
Scottish Land Court
The similarities between the Scottish Land Court and the Lands Tribunal for Scotland extend to their websites, which look very similar with very similar content in each for their respective areas.
Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland
Contains database of decisions made since 2008, but with only the barest of details provided and no text of reasons. Nice interactive map of venues used for hearings. Without question, the most useful section is the detailed Legislation and Caselaw section, with PDF downloads of scores of relevant Acts, Regulations and judicial decisions.
Pensions Appeal Tribunal (Scotland)
The website deals with the Scottish version of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, which is separate from the tribunal for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The site includes guidance on bringing a case, downloadable PDFs of the relevant legislation and an unusually comprehensive medical appendix, which contains details of a dizzying selection of ailments.
Scottish Solicitors’ Discipline Tribunal
Refreshingly open, well-organised and full site which gives full access to the tribunal findings, the rules, guidance, tribunal member biographies and FAQs.
Simple site attached to main government site on IP: contains decisions of the tribunal, guidance on applications and references, listed cases and application forms.
HM Courts and Tribunals Service
Part of the gov.uk website, this section provides access to legislation and guidance, news, and court and tribunal forms.
House of Lords Judgments Archive
Following the abolition of the House of Lords and its replacement by the Supreme Court, all judgments of the House of Lords from November 1996 to July 2009 are archived here; with a basic search function.
Judicial Committee of the Privy Council
Following the constitutional shake-up associated with the creation of the Supreme Court, the amended function of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council is reflected in a new website, similar in style and content to that of the Supreme Court.
The site provides not only the text of judgement but also a list of current cases, with pithy summaries and access to further details, press releases, Rules of Court, practice directions and a variety of interesting background material. Decisions of the Supreme Court are found here in a very accessible, up-to-date and searchable fashion. Cases can be viewed online, either live, or pre-recorded.
Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal (Northern Ireland)
Not to be confused with the GB equivalent, this site provides a wealt of useful information and links to the Northern Ireland employment tribunal.
Non-British Courts and tribunals
Court of Arbitration for Sport
Simple website available in French and English, which contains a wealth of useful information, including the statutes and rules of the court and a large archive of decisions. You can search decisions by sport – though football is the clear market leader here.
European Court of Human Rights
A huge collection of every decision of the Court and the Commission; searchable in many ways and in French as well as English.
European Court of Justice
Lots of information about the workings of the court, access to the caselaw in English and French, and a digest and Index of the caselaw (in French).
International Court of Justice
Full text of every decision of the Court since its inception and copies of all core texts.
International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Well designed site with all that one could want to know about the tribunal.