Coronavirus - Tribunals Business

Statement on Tribunals Business

All non-critical work across the tribunals that we support is now being stopped.

Tribunals are already moving to postpone those hearings which have been scheduled. Where these are time-critical, such as some hearings of the Mental Health Tribunal, these are being changed to telephone hearings to reduce travel and protect the parties involved. All tribunal users directly impacted by these arrangements will be contacted by the SCTS administration.

In general any hearings that need to continue will be by telephone conference call only.  

With the current uncertainty of the duration of the COVID 19 outbreak and the impact of any further ongoing measures, it is impossible to accurately specify when the full service of the tribunals can be re-started.

Tribunal users will be updated through the websites of each of the  tribunals. 

First-tier Tribunal

General Regulatory Chamber (Charity Appeals)

Health and Education Chamber (Additional Support Needs)

Housing and Property Chamber

Social Security Chamber

Tax Chamber

Upper Tribunal

The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

The Council Tax Reduction Review Panel

The Pensions Appeals Tribunal

The Lands Tribunal for Scotland

(From 1 April) The Parking and Bus Lane Tribunal


A case which does not come into the category of essential business may be treated as such if a good case can be made to the relevant Tribunal member that it is urgent. Any person seeking to have a case treated as urgent should email the relevant office setting out the reasons. Any such application should be intimated to any other party to the proceedings.

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