Commentary

A3.702 The Tribunals Service

Administration and compliance

A3.702 The Tribunals Service

A3.702 The Tribunals Service

In 2000, Sir Andrew Leggatt was appointed by the Lord Chancellor to undertake a review of the whole system of tribunals in the UK. One of the main objects of the review was to turn into one independent Tribunal Service the 70 different administrative tribunals then in existence, a system of Tribunals, designed to resolve disputes between parties and between citizens and the state, which had grown up over a number of years, each as the result of individual pieces of primary legislation without any overarching framework.

Sir Andrew's report1, published in 2001, recommended extensive reform to the system which he found to be fragmented, incoherent and in many cases, not visibly independent from the government departments whose

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