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Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill
Legislation will be brought forward to improve the administration of justice by reforming the tribunal system, the qualifications for judicial appointment and the enforcement of judgments
Extract from the Queen's speech
The bill promises to deliver a number of key reforms to the courts and tribunals systems and to help tackle social exclusion over-indebtedness.

The tribunal reforms would create a totally new legal structure for tribunals and represent the biggest modification to the tribunal system in almost 50 years.

Responsible department: Department of Constitutional Affairs
Origin: Commons
Territorial Extent: England and Wales
  • Over 500,000 people make use of tribunals every year to determine disputes such as benefit entitlement, tax and employment.
  • It would allow the Government to deliver real improvements in services.
  • The changes to judicial eligibility requirements would widen opportunity by enabling a broader range of candidates to apply for judicial office.
  • Appointments would continue to be made on merit.
  • The bill would simplify and consolidate the law relating to bailiffs.
  • The bill would be an improved regulatory regime for all private sector bailiffs and it will help to stop malpractice and abuse of the system.
  • It would facilitate creditors to enforce civil court judgements more effectively, encouraging respect for the decisions made by the courts.
  • The bill would protect people who have fallen into debt and have no way of getting out of it, including a new personal insolvency method for those unable to access current solutions.
  • This Bill would extend to England and Wales, with the exception of the tribunal, judicial appointments and immunity from seizure provisions.

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