A tribunal is a specialist forum for resolving disputes which is intended to be more accessible and user-friendly than the courts. There are many different tribunals operating in Scotland, dealing with numerous and varied issues.
Those dealing with devolved Scotland-specific issues are:
- General Regulatory Chamber (Charity Appeals)
- Health and Education Chamber (including Additional Support Needs, and education appeals)
- Housing and Property Chamber
- Tax Chamber
- The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland
- The Council Tax Reduction Review Panel
- The Pensions Appeals Tribunal
- The Lands Tribunal for Scotland
Other tribunals cover issues reserved to the UK such as employment and immigration.
Organisations cannot take cases to tribunal, only individuals. However, organisations could consider ways to publicise the outcome of tribunals to encourage wider social change.