The Lord PresidentLord Carloway, and the Vice President of theSupreme Court?Lord HodgeA half-day virtual conference will feature keynote speeches by renowned speakers. It will examine how Scottish tribunals have responded to the pandemic, and how this might influence their future development. All are welcome to attend this conference if they have an interest in the work and future of Scottish tribunals.

Covid-19 required major changes in the way tribunals, as well as other parts of the justice process, conduct their business. Many of those changes have been made possible by the increasing use of both telephone and video technology. Participants will have the opportunity to gain insight into the future of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland, as well as how Tribunals in Scotland seek to improve their visibility.

The President of Scottish Tribunals will chair the conference.Lord Woolman. The Lord President and Lord Hodge will give speeches. Other presentations include presentations from tribunals judiciary, and other participants on their experiences and assessments of how they have conducted business within the Covid regulations. Sessions will be held on how the judiciary handles the diverse parties at hearings. They will also discuss how to raise the profile of the Tribunals and their judiciary here in Scotland.

The sessions will feature speakers and panellists.Laura Dunlop, QCPresident of theMental Health Tribunal for ScotlandJudgeSusan WalkerVice President of Employment Tribunals (Scotland), as well as theFirst-tier Tribunal for Scotland:May DunsmuirPresident of theHealth and Education Chamber?Alex GreenPresident of theGeneral Regulatory Chamber?Aileen DevannyPresident of theHousing and Property Chamber.

A core group of invited panellists will have access to all presentations and discussions. They will also have the opportunity to speak orally and to be photographed.

All presentations and discussions will be available to the wider audience. However, they will not be visible on-camera and will remain muted throughout. However, attendees will be able submit questions and comments via the WebEx chat feature. These comments will be reviewed by a moderator, and sent to the chair to be included in the discussion.

The conference will take place on Tuesday 7 September at 09:00 – 13:00. It will be held online via the WebEx platform. Those wishing to attend the conference simply need to click here at any time after 08.45 on the morning of 7 September. Enter nSZbmvW75b if you are asked for your password.

If you wish to have your questions or comments included in the discussion, all attendees are requested to send them in advance. They should do so by emailing TribunalsOperationsSupport@scotcourts.gov.uk. Submissions are due by 30 August 2021.

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