The consultation proposes:
• To make provision for a statutory framework enabling the separate devolved
Scottish tribunals to be brought into a single unified system, internally organised
according to case type and with clear onward rights of appeal established in
accordance with the principles of civil justice.
• To ensure impartial decision-making in the unified Scottish tribunal system by
guaranteeing in statute the independence of tribunal judiciary and also by
establishing new arrangements for appointing tribunal members, determining
tribunal processes and providing tribunals with the necessary administrative
• To establish a common judicial leadership across the Scottish tribunal system,
under the senior leadership of the Lord President of the Court of Session, with
powers of delegation for leadership functions, including to a new President of
Scottish Tribunals with responsibility for the efficient disposal of business.
• To make statutory provision for a devolved Scottish tribunal system which will
provide scope for integration with the system of UK reserved tribunals operating
in Scotland and so enable the common execution of judicial and administrative
functions in respect of both devolved and reserved law, in a joint system.