Flagship Glasgow Tribunals Centre opens

Flagship Glasgow Tribunals Centre opens

Pictured (L-R): Sarah Gebbie (HMCTS delivery director), Sir Ernest Ryder, Lady Smith and Eric McQueen

The new Glasgow Tribunals Centre at Atlantic Quay has been opened by President of Scottish Tribunals, Lady Smith and Senior President of Tribunals, Sir Ernest Ryder.

An event was held to celebrate the completion of the flagship facility where a number of tribunals supported by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service are now co-located.

The centre provides 34 shared tribunal hearing rooms, nine waiting rooms, a range of consultation rooms, and a public café run by the social enterprise Spoon.

There is office accommodation for 40 members of the tribunals’ judiciary and, when fully occupied, will provide accommodation for around 300 SCTS and HMCTS staff.

Lady Smith said: “This new centre represents another significant development in the ongoing work to move tribunals in Scotland into a modern, independent environment, attuned to the needs of all involved whether from the perspective of user, administration or tribunals judiciary.

“It will provide tribunals with new opportunities for innovation and improvement. I am particularly pleased that it has been possible to co-locate tribunals whose leadership and administration currently derives from separate systems and look forward to exploring ways of working that enable us to learn from and support each other.”

Sir Ernest said: “The Glasgow Tribunal Centre is not only a significant exercise in co-operation and joint working between our jurisdictions, it is also a building of the highest quality that embodies an innovative vision for the future. The administration of justice for tribunal users in Scotland will be greatly enhanced as a consequence. I am very grateful to all of those who have worked so hard to deliver this fabulous achievement.”

Eric McQueen, chief executive of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, commented: “The Glasgow Tribunals Centre is a unique collaboration with our colleagues in HMCTS that helps us to deliver the high quality services and facilities that the public expects from a modern and progressive tribunal’s service.”

Susan Acland-Hood, chief executive of HMCTS, added: “This collaboration has been a great success. HMCTS and SCTS continue to provide tribunal services to meet the needs of all of our tribunal users in Glasgow, and more widely across central Scotland.”

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