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The First-tier Tribunal for Scotland Tax Chamber (Procedure) Regulations 2017

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Overriding objective and parties’ obligation to co-operate with the First-tier Tribunal

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2.—(1) The overriding objective of these Rules is to enable the First-tier Tribunal to deal with cases fairly and justly.

(2) Dealing with a case in accordance with the overriding objective includes—

(a)dealing with the case in ways which are proportionate to the importance of the case, the complexity of the issues, the anticipated expenses and the resources of the parties;

(b)avoiding unnecessary formality and seeking flexibility in the proceedings;

(c)ensuring, so far as practicable, that the parties are able to participate fully in the proceedings;

(d)using any special expertise of the First-tier Tribunal effectively; and

(e)avoiding delay, so far as compatible with proper consideration of the issues.

(3) The First-tier Tribunal must seek to give effect to the overriding objective when it—

(a)exercises any power under these Rules; or

(b)interprets any rule or practice direction.

(4) Parties must, insofar as reasonably possible—

(a)help the First-tier Tribunal to further the overriding objective; and

(b)co-operate with the First-tier Tribunal generally.

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