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British Courts and Tribunals

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service

The site has been updated following the merger with the Scottish Tribunals Service, but the content is still mostly relevant to the courts. It covers all the traditional courts, providing rules of court, all Court of Session decisions since about 1997, selected decisions from other courts, court forms, fee information, rolls of court etc.

External web link - http://www.scotcourts.gov.uk

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.

External web link - http://www.scotland-judiciary.org.uk

First-tier Tribunal for Scotland

The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland (FTS) has been organised into five separate chambers, as detailed below. This page provides links to each chamber within the FTS, and to the other Tribunals administered by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service.

External web link - https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/the-courts/the-tribunals/about-scottish-tribunals

General Regulatory Chamber

The General Regulatory Chamber presently deals with appeals against decisions made by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

External web link - http://www.generalregulatorychamber.scot/

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.

External web link - http://www.healthandeducationchamber.scot

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.

External web link - https://www.housingandpropertychamber.scot/

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.

External web link - https://www.socialsecuritychamber.scot/

Tax Chamber

A slimline site, which nonetheless provides useful info on the members of the Tax Chamber, downloadable forms and access to all of its decisions.

External web link - http://www.taxtribunals.scot/

Upper Tribunal for Scotland

The Upper Tribunal for Scotland makes so with a page on the SCTS website, which includes links to the legislation and downloadable forms for permission to appeal.

External web link - https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk/the-courts/tribunal-locations/the-upper-tribunal-for-scotland

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 Legislation and Caselaw section, with PDF downloads of scores of relevant Acts, Regulations and judicial decisions.

External web link - http://www.mhtscotland.gov.uk/mhts/Home/Welcome_to_the_Mental_Health_Tribunal

Children’s Hearings

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).

External web link - http://www.chscotland.gov.uk

Pensions Appeal Tribunal (Scotland)

The website deals with the Scottish version of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal, which is separate from the English and Welsh tribunal. 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.

External web link - http://www.patscotland.org.uk

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.

External web link - http://www.ssdt.org.uk

Copyright Tribunal

Simple site attached to main government site on IP: contains decisions of the tribunal, applications and references, and application forms.

External web link - http://www.ipo.gov.uk/ctribunal.htm

County Court

The Registry Trust Ltd (under the trading name Trust Online) operates the Registry of County Court judgments for England and Wales and has a database of Scottish small claims and summary cause decrees for the past six years; and equivalent judgments in the courts of Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, and Jersey. Fee charged for search which can be done on-line.

External web link - http://www.trustonline.org.uk/

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service

The site has been migrated to the gov.uk hub, but still has much useful content.

External web link - http://www.justice.gov.uk

House of Lords

Following the abolition of the House of Lords and its replacement by the Supreme Court, all judgements of the House of Lords from November 1996 to July 2009 are archived here; with a basic search function.

External web link - http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldjudgmt.htm

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.

External web link - http://www.jcpc.uk/

Supreme Court

The site provides not only the text of judgements 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.

External web link - http://www.supremecourt.uk

Employment Tribunals

Comprehensive site covering whole of Great Britain aimed at public containing FAQs, online employment forms, publications and details of Employment Tribunal offices.

External web link - http://www.employmenttribunals.gov.uk

Industrial Tribunals and the Fair Employment Tribunal

Not to be confused with the GB equivalent, this site provides a welter of useful information and links to the Northern Ireland employment tribunal equivalent.

External web link - http://www.employmenttribunalsni.co.uk