Future Oversight of Administrative Justice: The Proposed Abolition of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council
HC 1621, Twenty First Report of Session 2010-12 - Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence
- House of Commons - Public Administration Select Committee
- TSO (The Stationery Office)
'Future Oversight of Administrative Justice: The Proposed Abolition of the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (HC 1621)' examines the Government proposals to abolish the Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council (AJTC), using powers in the Public Bodies Act 2011 to give its functions to the Ministry of Justice.
"Administrative justice" includes the procedures used by public authorities for making decisions in relation to individual people, the law that regulates decision-making, and the systems (such as the various tribunals and ombudsmen) that enable people to challenge these decisions.
There are around 650,000 administrative justice hearings each year, more than three times the number of criminal justice hearings, and it is estimated that resolving citizen's complaints costs central government over £500 million per year.
The functions of the AJTC include keeping the whole administrative system under review and considering ways to make the system accessible, fair and efficient.
The Committee finds that the Government's rationale for winding up the AJTC is questionable, that the Ministry of Justice may not have either the resources or the expertise to take on its functions and doubts the level of cost savings that the Government estimates will be achieved.
It is recommended that the House of Commons Justice Committee take its findings from this inquiry into account when it considers the Government's proposed legislation.
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