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Decision making for tribunal members (6 points)


Leader: Ms Beth Gaze

Clayton Second semester 2003 (OCL)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (OCL)

Synopsis: Examination of the place of tribunals in our system, their diversity of functions, composition and powers. The roles of members and specialist members are discussed. Introduction to legal system and the principles of administrative law that relate to making and reviewing decisions under legislation. Examination of the decision-making process of tribunals, focusing on legal and ethical requirements and areas of discretionary choice. Students will compile a journal recording the outcome of each step in the process of an actual decision-planning process, getting and assessing evidence, making findings, applying law and policy, reaching decision and drafting statement of reasons.

Assessment: Will consist of a series of practical activities which students are required to perform using their own legislation and working on a case or cases selected from their own tribunal practice. All activities are submitted online (7000 words maximum).

Prerequisites: students must hold or have held appointments as members of an administrative board or tribunal which exercises decision-making powers under statute.

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