HL Deb 26 October 1998 vol 593 cc1792-3

(".—(1) There shall be a tribunal in relation to which Schedule (Tribunal established under section (The Tribunal)) shall have effect.

(2) The Lord Chancellor may make rules—

  1. (a) for regulating the exercise of rights of appeal to the Tribunal;
  2. (b) for prescribing the practice and procedure to be followed on or in connection with appeals to the Tribunal, including the mode and burden of proof and admissibility of evidence on such appeals; and
  3. (c) for other matters preliminary or incidental to or arising out of such appeals.

(3) Rules under this section may provide that a party to any proceedings before the Tribunal on an appeal has the right to be legally represented in the proceedings, subject to any power conferred on the Tribunal by such rules.

(4) Rules under this section may, in particular—

  1. (a) make provision enabling proceedings before the Tribunal to take place without a party being given full particulars of the reasons for the issue of the certificate which is the subject of the appeal;
  2. (b) make provision enabling the Tribunal to hold proceedings in the absence of any person, including a party and any legal representative appointed by a party;
  3. (c) make provision about the functions in proceedings before the Tribunal of persons appointed under subsection (7); and
  4. (d) make provision enabling the Tribunal to give a party a summary of any evidence taken in his absence.

(5) Rules under this section may also include provision—

  1. (a) enabling any functions of the Tribunal which relate to matters preliminary or incidental to an appeal to be performed by a single member of the Tribunal; or
  2. (b) conferring on the Tribunal such ancillary powers as the Lord Chancellor thinks necessary for the purposes of the exercise of its functions.

(6) In making rules under this section, the Lord Chancellor shall have regard, in particular, to—

  1. (a) the need to secure that certificates which are the subject of appeals are properly reviewed; and
  2. (b) the need to secure that information is not disclosed contrary to the public interest.

(7) The Attorney General for Northern Ireland may appoint a person to represent the interests of a party to proceedings before the Tribunal in any proceedings from which he and any legal representative of his are excluded.

(8) A person appointed under subsection (7)—

  1. (a) shall be a member of the Bar of Northern Ireland;
  2. (b) shall not be responsible to the party whose interests he represents.

(9) In this section and section (Appeals from the Tribunal) "party", in relation to proceedings an appeal, means the appellant or the person proposing to rely on the certificate which is the subject of the appeal.").

After Clause 74, insert the following new clause—