The General Regulatory Chamber is a Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland. The functions of the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel were transferred into the Chamber in 2018 and from Thursday 1 June 2023 the Parking and Bus Lane Appeals jurisdiction within the Chamber will be known as Transport Appeals.
The President of the Chamber is Alexander Green.
Find out more about Scottish Tribunals.
The Charity Appeals jurisdiction of the First-tier Tribunal deals with appeals against decisions made by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR); the body which regulates charitable activity in Scotland.
Phone: 0300 303 5761
The Transport appeals tribunal considers appeals against Penalty Charge Notices issued by a number of councils within Scotland for parking contraventions and for three councils for bus lane enforcement notifications. From the 1 June 2023 the tribunal will also consider penalty charge notices relating to the new Low Emission Zones and in the future other transport related appeals will be added.
Phone: 0300 303 5760
Taking of oral evidence from persons located overseas in tribunal proceedings
SCTS would be grateful if parties who wish to lead evidence from witnesses located outside of the UK in The First-Tier Tribunal for Scotland, Upper Tribunal for Scotland, The Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland, The Pensions Appeals Tribunal and The Lands Tribunal for Scotland could assist with the following request from Wednesday 1 November 2023.
Where a party wishes to lead evidence by telephone or video from a witness located in a country outside the UK and that witness is unable to give evidence from within the UK, it would be helpful if the party could:
- contact the tribunal to make staff aware of their intention to lead such evidence; and
- confirm whether the proposed witness is a citizen or a resident in that country or not, so that the tribunal is made aware of the reason why the party requests that oral evidence is given from that country.
It would be helpful if this information could be provided to the appropriate tribunal as soon as parties become aware of the need for that witness to give evidence from outside the UK. In other words, at the earliest possible opportunity.
This will allow SCTS staff to identify, in collaboration with the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether the government of the country in which the evidence is going to be led consents to the leading of such evidence from within their jurisdiction. If such consent is provided, this information will allow operational staff and the tribunal member(s) presiding over the proceedings to confirm whether they are content for evidence to be led in this way and, if so, to make suitable arrangements.
This request aligns with the approach being taken by His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in relation to tribunal proceedings in England and Wales.