The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service have officially been notified by the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) of their intention to take industrial action on Wednesday 1st February 2023.
The Health and Education Chamber will operate a reduced service covering essential business only on this day.
The Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014 creates two new tribunals - the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland and the Upper Tribunal for Scotland - and makes the Lord President the Head of the Scottish Tribunals; and creates the post of President of the Scottish Tribunals (who is presently Lord Stephen Woolman). The 2014 Act brings tribunal appointments under the remit of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland (JABS) and transfers administrative support of tribunals to the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS). Appeals are heard in the Upper Tribunal. There are a number of Chambers within the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland.
The Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (ASNTS) transferred into the Health and Education Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland on 12 January 2018, and became the Additional Support Needs jurisdiction within the Chamber.
The Health and Education Chamber will have four separate specialist jurisdictions. This diagram gives a visual representation of the Chamber and the jurisdictions that will eventually sit within it, as well as where the Chamber sits within the structure of the Scottish Tribunals.