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Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014

Section 26 – Appointment to post

62.Section 26(1) enables the Scottish Ministers, following a request by the President of Tribunals and after consultation with the Lord President, to appoint a person as a Vice-President to preside over a particular division of the Upper Tribunal (subsections (1), (2) and (4)).

63.By virtue of section 16(2)(c) and (3) a person appointed as a Vice-President is a legal member of the Upper Tribunal. Section 26(3), therefore, makes provision so as to ensure that any person appointed to the position of Vice-President meets the eligibility criteria which would be required of a person to be appointed as a legal member of the Upper Tribunal. The effect of subsection (3) is to provide that a person will only be eligible to be appointed as a Vice-President if he or she is, or meets the eligibility criteria to be appointed as, a legal member of the Upper Tribunal. It excludes a person who is already appointed as Vice-President of the Upper Tribunal.

64.The eligibility criteria for appointment as a legal member of the Upper Tribunal are set out in Part 2 of schedule 5.

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