Lords Amendment — 14 Jul 2004 at 15:50

28 Clause 14, page 13, line 22, leave out subsections (6) and (7) and insert-

"(6) Before section 104 of that Act (pending appeal) insert-

"103A Review of Tribunal's decision

(1) A party to an appeal under section 82 or 83 may apply to the appropriate court, on the grounds that the Tribunal made an error of law, for an order requiring the Tribunal to reconsider its decision on the appeal.

(2) The appropriate court may make an order under subsection (1)-

(a) only if it thinks that the Tribunal may have made an error of law, and

(b) only once in relation to an appeal.

(3) An application under subsection (1) must be made-

(a) in the case of an application by the appellant made while he is in the United Kingdom, within the period of 10 working days beginning with the date on which he is treated, in accordance with rules under section 106, as receiving notice of the Tribunal's decision, and

(b) in the case of an application by the appellant made while he is outside the United Kingdom, within the period of 28 days beginning with the date on which he is treated, in accordance with rules under section 106, as receiving notice of the Tribunal's decision, and

(c) in the case of an application brought by a party to the appeal other than the appellant, within the period of 10 working days beginning with the date on which he is treated, in accordance with rules under section 106, as receiving notice of the Tribunal's decision.

(4) But-

(a) rules of court may specify days to be disregarded in applying subsection (3)(a), (b) or (c), and

(b) the appropriate court may permit an application under subsection (1) to be made outside the period specified in subsection (3) where it thinks that the application could not reasonably practicably have been made within that period.

(5) An application under subsection (1) shall be determined by reference only to written submissions of the applicant.

(6) A decision of the appropriate court on an application under subsection (1) shall be final.

(7) In this section a reference to the Tribunal's decision on an appeal does not include a reference to-

(a) a procedural, ancillary or preliminary decision, or

(b) a decision following remittal under section 103B, 103C or 103E.

(8) This section does not apply to a decision of the Tribunal where its jurisdiction is exercised by three or more members.

(9) In this section "the appropriate court" means-

(a) in relation to an appeal decided in England or Wales, the High Court,

(b) in relation to an appeal decided in Scotland, the Court of Session, and

(c) in relation to an appeal decided in Northern Ireland, the High Court in Northern Ireland.

(10) An application under subsection (1) to the Court of Session shall be to the Outer House.

103B Appeal from Tribunal following reconsideration

(1) Where an appeal to the Tribunal has been reconsidered, a party to the appeal may bring a further appeal on a point of law to the appropriate appellate court.

(2) In subsection (1) the reference to reconsideration is to reconsideration pursuant to-

(a) an order under section 103A(1), or

(b) remittal to the Tribunal under this section or under section 103C or 103E.

(3) An appeal under subsection (1) may be brought only with the permission of-

(a) the Tribunal, or

(b) if the Tribunal refuses permission, the appropriate appellate court.

(4) On an appeal under subsection (1) the appropriate appellate court may-

(a) affirm the Tribunal's decision;

(b) make any decision which the Tribunal could have made;

(c) remit the case to the Tribunal;

(d) affirm a direction under section 87;

(e) vary a direction under section 87;

(f) give a direction which the Tribunal could have given under section 87.

(5) In this section "the appropriate appellate court" means-

(a) in relation to an appeal decided in England or Wales, the Court of Appeal,

(b) in relation to an appeal decided in Scotland, the Court of Session, and

(c) in relation to an appeal decided in Northern Ireland, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland.

(6) An appeal under subsection (1) to the Court of Session shall be to the Inner House.

103C Appeal from Tribunal instead of reconsideration

(1) On an application under section 103A in respect of an appeal the appropriate court, if it thinks the appeal raises a question of law of such importance that it should be decided by the appropriate appellate court, may refer the appeal to that court.

(2) On a reference under subsection (1) the appropriate appellate court may-

(a) affirm the Tribunal's decision;

(b) make any decision which the Tribunal could have made;

(c) remit the case to the Tribunal;

(d) affirm a direction under section 87;

(e) vary a direction under section 87;

(f) give a direction which the Tribunal could have given under section 87;

(g) restore the application under section 103A to the appropriate court.

(3) In this section-

"the appropriate court" has the same meaning as in section 103A, and

"the appropriate appellate court" has the same meaning as in section 103B.

(4) A reference under subsection (1) to the Court of Session shall be to the Inner House.

"103D Reconsideration: legal aid

(1) Subsection (2) applies where the appropriate court has made an order under section 103A(1), or a reference under section 103C(1), on the application of an appellant under section 103A.

(2) The appropriate court may order that the appellant's costs in respect of the application under section 103A shall be paid out of the Community Legal Service Fund established under section 5 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 (c. 22).

(3) Subsection (4) applies where the Tribunal has decided an appeal following reconsideration pursuant to an order made-

(a) under section 103A(1), and

(b) on the application of the appellant.

(4) The Tribunal may order that the appellant's costs-

(a) in respect of the application for reconsideration, and

(b) in respect of the reconsideration,

shall be paid out of that Fund.

(5) The Secretary of State may make regulations about the exercise of the powers in subsections (2) and (4).

(6) Regulations under subsection (3) may, in particular, make provision-

(a) specifying or providing for the determination of the amount of payments (which may, in particular, vary according to the result of the reconsideration or of the reference under section 103C);

(b) about the persons to whom the payments are to be made;

(c) restricting the exercise of the power (whether by reference to the outcome of the appeal, the circumstances of the appellant, the nature of the appellant's legal representatives, or otherwise).

(7) Regulations under subsection (3) may make provision-

(a) conferring a function on the Legal Services Commission;

(b) modifying a duty or power of the Legal Services Commission in respect of compliance with orders under subsection (2);

(c) applying (with or without modifications), modifying or disapplying a provision of, or of anything done under, an enactment relating to the funding of legal services.

(8) Before making regulations under subsection (3) the Secretary of State shall consult such persons as he thinks appropriate.

(9) This section has effect only in relation to an appeal decided in-

(a) England,

(b) Wales, or

(c) Northern Ireland.

(10) In relation to an appeal decided in Northern Ireland this section shall have effect-

(a) as if a reference to the Community Legal Service Fund were to the fund established under paragraph 4(2)(a) of Schedule 3 to the Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/435 (N.I. 10)), and

(b) with any other necessary modifications.

103E Appeal from Tribunal sitting as panel

(1) This section applies to a decision of the Tribunal on an appeal under section 82 or 83 where its jurisdiction is exercised by three or more legally qualified members.

(2) A party to the appeal may bring a further appeal on a point of law to the appropriate appellate court.

(3) An appeal under subsection (2) may be brought only with the permission of-

(a) the Tribunal, or

(b) if the Tribunal refuses permission, the appropriate appellate court.

(4) On an appeal under subsection (2) the appropriate appellate court may-

(a) affirm the Tribunal's decision;

(b) make any decision which the Tribunal could have made;

(c) remit the case to the Tribunal;

(d) affirm a direction under section 87;

(e) vary a direction under section 87;

(f) give a direction which the Tribunal could have given under section 87.

(5) In this section "the appropriate appellate court" means-

(a) in relation to an appeal decided in England or Wales, the Court of Appeal,

(b) in relation to an appeal decided in Scotland, the Court of Session, and

(c) in relation to an appeal decided in Northern Ireland, the Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland.

(6) A further appeal under subsection (2) to the Court of Session shall be to the Inner House.

(7) In this section a reference to the Tribunal's decision on an appeal does not include a reference to-

(a) a procedural, ancillary or preliminary decision, or

(b) a decision following remittal under section 103B or 103C."

The Commons agree to this amendment with the following amendments-

28A Line 14, leave out "10 working" and insert "5"

28B Line 24, leave out "10 working" and insert "5"

28C Line 36, after "to", insert-

"(a)"

28D Line 36, at end insert-

", and

(b) where rules of court permit, other written submissions."

28E Line 45, after "more", insert "legally qualified"

28F Line 131, leave out from "payments" to end of line 133

28G Line 136, leave out "the outcome of the appeal," and insert "the prospects of success in respect of the appeal at the time when the application for reconsideration was made, the fact that a reference has been made under section 103C(1),"

rose to move Amendment No. 28AA, as an amendment to the Motion that the House do agree with the Commons in their Amendment No. 28A to Lords Amendment No. 28, leave out "agree" and insert "disagree".

On Question, Whether the said amendment (No. 28AA) shall be agreed to?

Their Lordships divided: Contents, 127; Not-Contents, 137.

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