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Textbook on Administrative Law

Textbook on Administrative Law (8th edn)

Peter Leyland and Gordon Anthony
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date: 26 September 2023

p. 1637. Dispute resolution: tribunals and inquirieslocked

p. 1637. Dispute resolution: tribunals and inquirieslocked

  • Peter Leyland
  •  and Gordon Anthony


This chapter assesses the contribution of tribunals and Inquiries to the domestic system of administrative law. First there is consideration of the advantages tribunals enjoy over courts as more flexible, specialist, and informal bodies capable of handling a much greater throughput of cases. The chapter proceeds to explain the impact of the Leggatt reforms which have led to the separation of tribunals from parent departments and the introduction of a national two tier system of tribunals under the Ministry of Justice presided over by tribunal judges. The revised framework has certain parallels with the continental style of administrative courts. The chapter also considers the varied role of Inquiries. As well as emphasising the procedural features of Inquires and the effect of the Inquiries Act 2005, the discussion is informed by reference to prominent Inquiries including: the Scott Inquiry, the Shipman Inquiry, and the Leveson Inquiry

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