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Online Tribunals To Begin In September

February 28, 2017

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

Online tribunals for benefits claimants will begin as early as September 2017, the Legal futures website has revealed.

Sir Ernest Ryder, the Senior President of Tribunals, told a legal conference last week that the first signs of online courts will be visible in tribunals by September.

This will include elements such as uploading documents to the cloud, digital case management and hearings via Skype, video or telephone.

The first area of law to adopt online tribunals will be social security and child support tribunals, effectively making often very vulnerable claimants the Guinea pigs for the new process.

Ryder insisted that “everything is being tested with users, including judges, and then piloted before being introduced”.

He added that:

“There will be no big bang. There will be… a gradual learning curve. Some things will not work and we should expect that, and there will not be ‘one size that fits all”.

Youi can read more on the Legal Futures website.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bookworm permalink
    February 28, 2017 8:22 am

    No justice for people unable to use the technology required or who have no access to the internet. Many Law Centres have closed, the ones remaining have huge waiting lists , ditto Citizens Advice Bureaus. Some claimants live in rural areas with no transport or limited public access to any help available let alone the fares needed.

  2. jeffrey davies permalink
    February 28, 2017 11:09 am

    documents to the cloud, yes sounds lovely but thats some one elesses hard drive that all that means so someone else can read your info oh dear data act they doing away with that

  3. March 1, 2017 2:28 pm

    i refuse to use cloud. i dont un derstand it so dont use it. to me online tribunals make me think… claim denied before its been put in.foregone conclusions etc. maybe wrong but thats how I feel.

  4. March 2, 2017 5:16 am


    The *whole* DWP ‘appeal’ and ‘tribunal’ system is just criminal Course of Justice Perverting Witness Intimidation –

    Witness Intimidation – (eg. DWP ‘ appeals’ and ‘tribunals’)
    (Up to five years in prison)

    Perverting The Course of Justice –
    (Up to life in prison)

    To cover up the crimes they have already committed – (see below)

    Trying to coerce anyone to go through their criminal vulnerable adult abuse online would certainly also break the data protection act and be ‘Computer Misuse’-

    Data Protection Act –

    The Computer Misuse Act –

    I bet all of those public sector criminal nonce filth just can’t wait to start doing this online… Abusing victims of their mates crimes, with one hand down their pants.


    Fraud Act 2006 –

    The Bribery Act 2010 –

    Theft Act 1968 – Section 21 – Blackmail

    Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981 – (Fake/Edited/Incomplete documents from SARs count)

    Disability Hate Crime – CPS Legal Guidance –

    Criminal Attempts Act 1981 –


    Homicide: Murder and Manslaughter –

    Accessories and Abettors Act 1861 –

    Serious Crime Act 2007 –
    – especially Part 2 – Encouraging or Assisting Crime –

    Assisting an Offender – section 4(1) Criminal Law Act 1967 –

    Care Act 2014 – Safeguarding adults at risk of abuse or neglect –

    Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care worker offence –
    Ill-treatment or wilful neglect: care provider offence –
    Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 –

    Corrupt or other improper exercise of police powers and privileges –

    Misconduct in Public Office –

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