Having conducted an interim review of the Tribunals Caseworker delegation scheme in the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber), I am content that the delegations should remain in place for a further period of twelve months. I will conduct another review in due course.
Practice Statement: First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber)
- The Senior President of Tribunals hereby approves that an appropriately trained member of staff appointed under section 40(1) of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 and designated as a ‘Tribunal Caseworker’ 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.
- A Tribunal Caseworker 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.
- A Tribunal Caseworker 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.
- 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 Tribunal Caseworker 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.
- This practice statement is issued for a further period of twelve months (from the expiry of the practice statement dated 19 October 2016) and a review will take place on or before 17 April 2018.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Ernest Ryder
Senior President of Tribunals
30 May 2017