Siobhan McGrath describes a pilot reform project in the Property Chamber.
Describes the work of a group of Judges set up to address how LiPs be supported to have access to justice.
Describes an experiment in the use of technology to improve case closure time and determine more cases without the need for a hearing in the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal.
Considers the difficulties faced by a tribunal when dealing with a representative who appears insolent or incompetent. Can the tribunal itself defuse and manage the situation (for example when accused of racism by a representative)?
In the light of recent case law, reviews what level of assistance or intervention is appropriate, to help litigants in the formulation and presentation of their case. Three cases concern quite different circumstances but, in ...
How to ensure fairness when a new point emerges in the course of a hearing? Includes the consideration of amendments to claims and responses and adjournments to give parties the opportunity to investigate issues of ...
Why it is hard for judges to admit when they have made mistakes. The limited options open to judges when they have second thoughts about a decision.
How to provide support during a hearing for tribunal users who are disabled with language-based access needs and require some form of language facilitation.
Outlines the statutory framework established by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) covering people who lack capacity and what is involved in determining their best interests. Considers the implications for tribunals.
Spring 2013 The relevance of social media including Twitter and Facebook to the work of judges. Impact on the nature of evidence before tribunals. Touches on Judicial Conduct in relation to social networking. Summer 2013 ...