Investigatory Powers Tribunal
Investigatory Powers Tribunal

The following Corporate Crime guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Investigatory Powers Tribunal
  • What does the Investigatory Powers Tribunal investigate?
  • Complaints procedure of the IPT
  • Decisions which the IPT can make
  • Remedial steps which the IPT can take
  • Appeal from the IPT
  • Findings of the IPT

STOP PRESS: The Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2018, SI 2018/1334 revoke the Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2000, SI 2000/2665, and introduce procedural rules for the making of appeals as well as making a number of other procedural updates. See: LNB News 12/10/2018 41. For further information, see News Analysis: Investigatory Powers Tribunal governed by new rules. This Practice Note is being updated to reflect these changes.

For information on the overarching regime for scrunity of the use of powers under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA 2016), see Practice Note: Scrutiny of intelligence gathering and the role of commissioners under the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

What does the Investigatory Powers Tribunal investigate?

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) has the power to investigate any interference or event which takes place against an individual, an individual's property or their communications by an organisation exercising its powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA 2000) and IPA 2016.

For example, the IPT investigates complaints about the conduct by or on behalf of the Security Service, the Secret Intelligence Service and GCHQ. It is the only tribunal against which complaints about the intelligence services can be directed.

It can also investigate powers used by public authorities under RIPA 2000 and IPA 2016. Note that despite the amendments made to the jurisdiction of