Catalogue description Records of the Council on Tribunals and Successors

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Title: Records of the Council on Tribunals and Successors

Records of the Council on Tribunals and its successor, the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council.

Annual and special reports are in BL 1. Minutes and agendas are in BL 3 with Council papers in BL 2. The Council's Functions Committee papers are in BL 4, with Legal Committee papers in BL 5, and Planning Procedure Committee papers in BL 7. Other committee papers are in BL 6. The Council's registered files are in BL 8.

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Date: 1958-2012
Related material:

Records of the Committee on Administrative Tribunals and Enquiries, 1955 to 1958, are in LCO 15

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council, 2007-

Council on Tribunals, 1958-2007

Physical description: 10 series
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

from 1977 Lord Chancellor's Department

Administrative / biographical background:

The Council on Tribunals, with its Scottish Committee, was established under the Tribunals and Inquiries Act 1958. It was set up following the recommendations of the Committee on Administrative Tribunals and Enquiries which reported in 1957 (Cmd 218, 1957).

The Council is required to keep under review the constitution and working of the various tribunals placed under its general supervision and to report on particular matters relating to any tribunals which may be referred to it by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Advocate (the Secretary of State for Scotland before 1973) who jointly appoint its members. The Council is also required to report on any matters relating to statutory inquiries which may be similarly referred to it or which the Council itself determines to be of special importance. In addition, the Council must be consulted both about rules of procedure for statutory inquiries and before rules are made for any of the tribunals under its general supervision. It also considers complaints from any person or organisation and may make recommendations about appointments to membership of the tribunals for which it is responsible.

The Scottish Committee of the Council considers Scottish tribunals and matters relating only to Scotland. The parliamentary commissioner for administration is ex officio a member both of the Council and the Scottish Committee.

In 2007, the Council on Tribunals was replaced by the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (AJTC) which was established by the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007. The AJTC’s purpose is to help make administrative justice and tribunals increasingly accessible, fair and effective by: playing a pivotal role in the development of coherent principles and good practice; promoting understanding, learning and continuous improvement; and ensuring that the needs of users are central.

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