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Modernisation of Tribunals – A message from Sir Ernest Ryder


Photo of Sir Ernest RyderInnovation plan 2019/2020

The Senior President of Tribunals, Sir Ernest Ryder, presented his report for publication to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 25 May 2018.

In light of the significant work being undertaken by tribunals judges and panel members in the Courts and Tribunals Modernisation Programme, he subsequently published a supplementary report on 29 January 2019 entitled The Modernisation of Tribunals 2018. That report sets out the strategy for the reform programme as it affects tribunals.

The Senior President of Tribunals now presents an implementation plan entitled: Innovation Plan for 2019-20, which applies the aims, principles, design concepts and solutions identified in the strategy to the tribunals projects and plans during the next stage of reform.

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The Plan covers tribunals that are within the unified structure created under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and Scotland.

The UK reserved jurisdictions cover England & Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  They are led by the Senior President who is their independent Head of Jurisdiction.  The tribunals are arranged into the Upper Tribunal which is a superior court of record, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the First-tier Tribunals and the Employment Tribunals.

You can view the organisation chart here.

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