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Tribunals (Scotland) Act 2014

Cases and proceedings

Section 61 – Venue for hearings

208.Section 61 enables the Scottish Tribunals to be convened at any time and place in Scotland. Tribunal Rules may make further provision in this respect.

Section 62 – Conduct of cases

209.Section 62 enables Tribunal Rules to make further provision in respect of the conduct of cases before the Scottish Tribunals. The Tribunal Rules may make provision so as to ensure that the Scottish Tribunals have the necessary powers, rights, privileges and authority regarding the citation attendance or examination of witnesses, the production of evidence, the preparation of reports and other matters relating to the conduct of a case.

210.Subsection (2) enables the Tribunal Rules to make provision by reference to the authority which is exercisable by a sheriff or the Court of Session.

Section 63 – Enforcement of decisions

211.This section enables Tribunal Rules to provide for the means by which an order of the Scottish Tribunals giving effect to a decision of the Tribunals is to be enforced.

212.Subsection (3) makes provision so that an order made by the Upper Tribunal under section 58 (judicial review cases) continues to have the same effect as an order made by the Court of Session on a petition for judicial review. Subsection (4), otherwise, enables the Tribunal Rules to make provision by reference to the means by which an order of a sheriff or the Court of Session is enforced.

Section 64 – Award of expenses

213.Section 64 enables the Scottish Tribunals to award expenses only where this is provided for in Tribunal Rules. Where Tribunal Rules make provision for the award of expenses these may include provision as to the scales or rates of the expenses that are to be awarded; for the Tribunals to set-off the expenses against specified other sums; for interest to be paid at a rate to be specified in Tribunal Rules in the event of the expenses remaining unpaid; for wasted expenses to be disregarded (and to specify what constitutes wasted expenses); as well as such other factors that the Tribunals may take into account (subsections (3) and (4)).

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