Topics for discussion Role of the lay member Fees Appraisals Website Health and safety Re-appointments Western Heritable appeal
The role of the lay member! Term “lay member”used for a long time Not now much used in legislation Still used colloquially Should it be dropped?
Tribunals in the 21 st century Sir Andrew Leggatt: Tribunals for Users 2001 DCA White Paper: Transforming Public Services: Complaints, Redress and Tribunals
Changing legislation Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill published in draft on 25 th July 2006 Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 received Royal Assent on 19 th July 2007 Part 1 requires the government to implement tribunal reform
What next? Consultation paper Closing date for comments – 22 nd February 2008 “lay member” term misleading – would term “member” suffice?
From “lay member” to…? Housing panel member was the name chosen by the “lay members” at their session. How do other members feel about that choice?
Fees Fee TypeChairmanSurveyorLaymember Full day fee£304.00£244.00£157.00 Half day fee£152.00£122.00£78.50 Pre-hearing fee£76.00£61.00£39.25 Decision/Statement Fee (half)£152.00 Decision/Statement Fee (full)£304.00 Post-Hearing Fee£76.00£61.00£39.25 Re-inspection fee £122.00 Cancellation Fee£152.00£122.00£78.50 Pre-Hearing Fee - to cover any interlocutary and preliminary work including liaising with prhp staff Decision/Statement Fees - covers decision, Statement and registering of order, fee dependant on length of Statement/complexity of case Post-Hearing Fee - Interlocutary work including revocation order, completion certificate and registering order Re-inspection Fee - To cover the surveyor's reinspection of the property. This may be a half or full day as appropriate by inspection time/complexity Reconvened Committees will get a half or full day as appropriate. Cancellation Fee - This fee is payable if the Committee is cancelled within 48 hours of the arranged date.
Appraisals A supportive process Opportunity to discuss issues Confidential
Appraisal process Once every 3 years Chairmen must be observed at a hearing; other members will usually be observed at a hearing Appraiser adopts “fly on the wall” approach
Website Is it fit for purpose? What else would you like to be there? What don’t you like?