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Consultation on the Proposed Merging of the Scottish Tribunals Service and the Scottish Court Service

Consultation on the Proposed Merging of the Scottish Tribunals Service and the Scottish Court Service

Thursday, June 27, 2013

ISBN: 9781782566731

Consultation on how the the unique character of both tribunals and courts and the specialist expertise and distinctive ethos of tribunals could be maintained if the Scottish Tribunals Service (STS) and the Scottish Court Service (SCS) were merged.

Executive Summary

This consultation looks at the concept of merging the Scottish Tribunals Service (STS) and the Scottish Court Service (SCS).

This is the next step of reforming the devolved tribunals landscape in Scotland and would create a joint administration to provide support for both courts and tribunals, chaired by the Lord President. This would support the long-term independence of tribunals by removing any perceived influence by the Scottish Ministers of their administrative support functions. A merged organisation would also support the Lord President in his role as head of both court and tribunals judiciary. The Scottish Government thinks it is essential that the unique character of both tribunals and courts is maintained and that the specialist expertise and distinctive ethos of tribunals remains. This consultation asks how you think we can best deliver this.