Chairman's Remarks: Details of the Tribunal’s workload over the past 12 months are set out in this report. The Tribunal has once again had a very busy year. The Tribunal has been dealing with a number of Complaints which involve Secondary Complainers and has recently prepared guidance for Secondary Complainers to try and assist them in dealing with their compensation claims.
The Tribunal’s new website was launched on 14 September 2015 and contains all Tribunal Findings that have been given publicity within the last 10 years. The Findings are fully searchable. The website also contains a lot of useful information about the operation of the Tribunal.
Tribunal hearings are generally held in public, usually at The Scotsman Hotel, Edinburgh. Forthcoming substantive Tribunal hearings are detailed on the diary part of the website and are usually put on a week in advance of the hearing.
This report highlights some interesting issues which have arisen in cases during the year. The Appendices at the end of the report provide summaries of all the cases that have been given publicity, listed under case type.
Elaine Noad, an extremely valuable lay member retired from the Tribunal in June 2015 due to family commitments. Her contribution will be missed. I welcome our new lay member, Edward Egan.
I would like to express my thanks to my Vice Chairmen, Lay Members’ Representative, all the Tribunal members, the Tribunal Clerk, the Depute Clerks and the Tribunal administrative assistants for their invaluable help and support during the year.
My particular thanks to Rachel Graham for her input into the development of the Tribunal’s new website and the re-design of the Tribunal’s Annual Report.
Alistair M Cockburn
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