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Pilot Practice Direction: Contingency Arrangements in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Coronavirus, 19/3/20) Tribunal guidance Coronavirus resource

Tribunal coronavirus Practice Direction

During the pilot period, initially six months: (1) decisions should usually be made without a hearing where the rules permit [MHT: rule 35 limits this to Part 5 and strike-out decisions, and certain CTO referrals]; (2) in jurisdictions where a hearing is required unless the parties consent to a determination on the papers [MHT: certain CTO referral cases] Chamber Presidents may allow a paper "triage" scheme in which provisional decisions are provided in cases in which a successful outcome for the applicant/appellant is likely; (3) all hearings should be held remotely where it is reasonably practicable and in accordance with the overriding objective [MHT: rule 1 states that hearings may be "conducted in whole or in part by video link, telephone or other means of instantaneous two-way electronic communication"]; (4) where permitted, hearings will proceed in the absence of parties who have not made an adjournment/postponement application [MHT: a requirement of rule 39 is that the patient has decided not to attend or is unable to attend for reasons of ill health]; (5) tribunals will take into account the impact of the pandemic when considering applications for extension of time for compliance with directions or the postponement of hearings. [Notes in square brackets are not part of the PD itself.]

2020-03-19
Pilot Practice Direction: Health, Education and Social Care Chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) (Coronavirus, 19/3/20) Tribunal guidance Coronavirus resource

Mental Health Tribunal coronavirus Practice Direction

For the pilot period, initially six months: (1) every decision, including those that dispose of proceedings, will be made by a judge alone, unless the CP, DCP or authorised salaried judge appoints two or three people; (2) the tribunal will suggest that CTO reference hearings are dealt with on the papers under rule 35; (3) it will not be "practicable" under rule 34 for any pre-hearing medical examinations to take place during the pandemic (no mention is made of video or telephone conferencing); (4) panels of one of two may seek the advice of one or more non-legal members to assist in decision-making, provided the advice is recoded and disclosed to the parties.

2020-03-19
Pilot Practice Direction: Panel Composition in the First-Tier Tribunal and the Upper Tribunal (Coronavirus, 19/3/20) Tribunal guidance Coronavirus resource

Coronavirus tribunal composition (non-MH)

This PD applies to all appeals and applications within the First-tier and Upper Tribunal, except in mental health cases. For the duration of the pilot period, initially six months: (1) a salaried tribunal judge may decide, having regard to urgency among other matters, may depart from the usual rules on panel composition; (2) in such cases, the tribunal may seek the advice of one or more non-legal members to assist with its decision-making, provided the advice is recorded and disclosed to the parties.

2020-03-19
Pilot Practice Direction: The use of former Salaried Judges (26/3/20) Tribunal guidance Coronavirus resource

Former STJs treated as current

Former Salaried Tribunal Judges are to be interpreted as falling within the definition of salaried judges for the purposes of the coronavirus "Contingency Arrangements" pilot PD.

2020-03-26
Practice Statement: Delegation of Functions to Registrars, Tribunal Case Workers and Authorised Tribunal Staff on or after 8 July 2016 (7/7/16) Practice Statement

Delegation of tribunal functions

Supersedes Practice Statement: Delegation of Functions to Staff and to Registrars on or after 27 April 2015 [2015] MHLO 36.

2016-07-07
Senior President of Tribunals, 'Guidance for tribunal judges and members - COVID-19 measures' (23/3/20) Tribunal guidance Coronavirus resource

Tribunal coronavirus hygiene guidance

This guidance covers matters such as 2m separation and hand washing.

2020-03-23
Senior President of Tribunals, 'Judges' and Members' Administrative Instruction No 4' (14/4/20) Tribunal guidance Coronavirus resource

Further coronavirus guidance

This guidance refers to: (1) the Mental Health Tribunal, 'Help for users' (15/4/20) document; (2) the rule changes in Tribunal Procedure (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Rules 2020 (paper hearings, s2 timeframes, and public/private hearings); (3) plans for further or intermittent lockdown, the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, and both the return of existing business and new business; (4) paper case files; (5) some other matters irrelevant to mental health.

2020-04-14
Senior President of Tribunals, 'Proposal to amend Composition Statements' (18/2/20) Consultation

Proposed reduction on tribunal panel sizes (not MHT)

This consultation relates to the General Regulatory Chamber, the Social Entitlement Chamber, the Property Chamber and the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber (SEND, Primary Health Lists and Care Standards cases only - not MHT). Consultation closes 14/4/20.

2020-02-18

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