In 2010 the government issued a Consultation about the Unified Court and Tribunals Service - (see Platform for the Future). This consultation was aimed at seeking views about the benefits which a unified service might bring. The headline merger decision had already been taken. The response to the consultation was issued on 1st April.
The whole Tribunal structure has
been undergoing an extensive process of change as a result of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 which implemented recommendations of the Leggatt Review. The Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council keeps under review the administrative justice system as a whole with a view to making it accessible, fair and efficient. It seeks to ensure that the relationships between the courts, tribunals, ombudsmen and alternative dispute resolution providers satisfactorily reflect the needs of users. The Public Bodies Bill - currently before Parliament - contains provision for Ministers to abolish the AJTC - (see Clause 1 of the latest Bill and Schedule 1).
Judicial Training also merged: From 1st April, the new Judicial College took over the training for the judiciary in both courts and tribunals. Previously there were separate arrangements for courts (the Judicial Studies Board) and for Tribunals (the Tribunals Judicial Training Group).
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