New tribunals centre to be built in Glasgow
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has announced plans for a new Tribunals Centre in Glasgow.
SCTS has worked with HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to find accommodation in Glasgow and the new Tribunals Centre will be located at 3 Atlantic Quay.
With 34 hearing rooms for cases to be heard, the design of the centre will provide facilities for all tribunal users and specific support for young users with additional support needs. Additionally, the centre will provide facilities for vulnerable witnesses to give evidence to both Glasgow Sheriff Court and the High Court.
During 2018, the SCTS-supported Housing and Property and Health and Education Tribunal Chambers will move into the new centre. The HMCTS-operated social security tribunal will move at a similar time with other tribunals HMCTS services to follow at a later date.
The SCTS provides support to many of Scotland’s devolved tribunals and is making preparations for the future transfer of the UK reserved tribunals operations in Scotland, currently provided by HMCTS.
Lady Smith, President of Scottish Tribunals said: “The creation of the new Tribunals Centre in Glasgow is the latest important development in the evolution of the Scottish Tribunals. The premises will act as a hub for tribunals supported by SCTS, providing a range of modern facilities and services for tribunals users.
“They will also offer a separate, appropriately designed space, for vulnerable witnesses and users, including for witnesses providing evidence for Sheriff and High Court cases in Glasgow. This co-located approach to provision for the tribunals should be regarded as a flagship for the administration of justice in Scotland in the 21st century.”
Eric McQueen, chief executive, SCTS said: “This has been an exciting opportunity with SCTS and HMCTS working together to create a bespoke tribunals centre, improving the services we provide for tribunals, while reducing costs. It also provides an early opportunity to bring together SCTS and HMCTS staff to prepare for forthcoming tribunal reforms.”
Kevin Sadler, deputy chief executive, HMCTS said: “We are committed to improving people’s experience of the justice system by providing facilities that are modern, comfortable and accessible.
“We have worked collaboratively with SCTS on this opportunity and we look forward to creating a joint tribunals centre with them in the heart of Glasgow.”