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Courts and tribunals and the search for the holy ADR/ODR grail

What role does ADR have in administrative justice? And how might proposals for an online court feature in tribunals? Last November, Sir Jeremy Sullivan delivered a lecture in which he argued that challenges of maladministration should be dealt with not by the courts but by ombuds schemes. He also renewed the call for taking a holistic approach to administrative … Continue reading

Report shines a spotlight on initial decision-making and Mandatory Reconsideration

Every year the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) makes 12 million decisions on social security benefits. As the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) notes in a recent report, with such volumes it’s not surprising if mistakes are made. Only a small proportion of these decisions are challenged by claimants, but the processes for review … Continue reading

Tribunals: Report on the Recommendations Pilot in SEN appeals

By Douglas Silas Background The Children and Families Act 2014 introduced Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans in England, to replace what had been known as statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN). Parents and young people continue to have a right of appeal to tribunal on specific issues related to education, but not on issues … Continue reading