Practice Statement: Delegation of Functions to Registrars First-Tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)

Senior President of TribunalsSocial Entitlement Chamber (First-tier Tribunal)TribunalsPractice Direction

  1. The Senior President of Tribunals hereby approves that a legally qualified member of staff appointed under section 40(1) of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and designated as a ‘Registrar’ by the Chamber President,  may carry out the functions of the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Social Entitlement Chamber) Rules 2008 set out in paragraph 3 below.
  2. A Registrar must have been authorised by the Chamber President to exercise those functions. All functions must be exercised under the supervision of a judge and in accordance with guidance issued by the Chamber President.
  3. A Registrar may make all decisions that a judge assigned to the Social Security and Child Support /Criminal Injuries Compensation jurisdiction may make under the Tribunal Procedure (First Tier Tribunal) (Social Entitlement Chamber) Rules 2008 save those which are substantive final decisions.
  4. In accordance with rule 4(3) of the Tribunal Procedure (First Tier Tribunal) (Social Entitlement Chamber) Rules 2008, within 14 days after the date that the Tribunal sends notice of a decision made by a Registrar pursuant to an approval under paragraph 1 above that party may apply in writing to the Tribunal for the decision to be considered afresh by a judge.

The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Ryder
Senior President of Tribunals
1st December 2016.