Chamber President of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber
Judicial Appointments Commission
London, UK
5d ago

About the role

The President of the First-tier Tribunal Health Education and Social Care Chamber is a senior tribunals leadership role.

The Chamber President has a number of powers and responsibilities, which, with few exceptions, are non-delegable.

He or she is the President of 1 of the 4 largest chambers or tribunals in the unified tribunals system, with responsibility for (presently) 2 Deputy Chamber Presidents, 1 salaried Chief Medical Member, 23 salaried tribunal judges and approximately 1,250 fee-paid judicial office holders (judges, medical members, professional members and specialist lay members) with further recruitment of judges and members under way.

As well as his or her responsibilities within the Chamber, the President discharges a number of other duties and responsibilities as a member of the tribunals senior leadership team and / or nominated to him / her by the Senior President within HMCTS or the Ministry of Justice and within the wider courts and tribunals.

As well as any sitting responsibilities, the Chamber President’s key responsibilities include : the administration of justice in the Chamber, the career development and health and welfare of the Chamber’s judiciary, judicial conduct complaints and discipline, judicial forecasting and recruitment and relations with Chamber users and stakeholders.

There is considerable travel to and time spent in London. Regular travel to the Chamber’s other administrative bases across England is required.

Reform Programme

A significant feature of the Chamber President’s work will involve interaction with other Tribunal Presidents and the courts leadership judiciary in respect of the HMCTS Reform Programme and, in particular, the delivery of reform and modernisation of the FtT HESC.

Additionally, Chamber Presidents will have an important part to play in assisting the Senior President to fulfil his duties under s2(3) of the TCE Act to ensure tribunals are accessible and proceedings before tribunals are fair and members of tribunals are experts in their subject matter.

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