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Pilot Practice Direction: Panel Composition in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal


1. The Senior President of Tribunals is responsible for determining panel composition by virtue of an order made by the Lord Chancellor under section 145(1) of, and paragraph 15 of Schedule 4 of, the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.

2. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it may be necessary for tribunals to adjust their ways of working to limit the spread of the virus and manage their workloads appropriately. I have therefore decided to issue this Practice Direction on a pilot basis for a period of six months, although it may be reviewed within that period should it become inappropriate or unnecessary and may be revoked at any time.

3. The Lord Chancellor has approved the issue of this Practice Direction in accordance with s23 Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.