Senior President of Tribunals
The Senior President of Tribunals is a senior judge in the United Kingdom who presides over the UK tribunal system. The Senior President is appointed by the Queen on the recommendation of the Lord Chancellor. Lord Justice Carnwath was appointed as the first holder of the post on 12 November 2007. The Senior President must satisfy the judicial-appointment eligibility condition on a seven-year basis, or have had similar experience in Scotland or Northern Ireland. The Senior President must have regard to the need for the following:
- Tribunals to be accessible
- Proceedings before tribunals to be fair and handled quickly and efficiently
- Members of tribunals to be experts in the subject-matter of, or the law to be applied in, cases in which they decide matters—and the need to develop innovative methods of resolving disputes that are of a type that may be brought before tribunals.
The Senior President of Tribunals can make representations to the Parliament of the United Kingdom about tribunal members and the administration of justice by tribunals. The Senior President can also represent the views of tribunal members to Parliament, the Lord Chancellor and government ministers.
List of Senior Presidents
- 12 November 2007: Sir Robert Carnwath (Apparently vacant from 17 April 2012 following Carnwath's appointment to the Supreme Court)
- 25 June 2012: Sir Jeremy Sullivan
- 18 September 2015: Sir Ernest Ryder
- Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.2(2) and Sch.1 paras.1-2.
- "Senior President hails the quiet evolution of Tribunals". Judicial Communications Office. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2008.
- Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, Sch.1 para.3.
- Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, s.2(3).
- Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007, Sch.1 paras. 13-14.
- "no. 58508". The London Gazette. 12 November 2007. p. 16365.
- "no. 59592". The London Gazette. 1 November 2010. p. 16365.
- "no. 60234". The London Gazette. 9 August 2012. p. 15361.