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Adjudication in a New Landscape

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Abstract:

The 2007 Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act (TCEA) increased the public and legal profile of administrative justice, but new developments must bring with them fresh evaluation about efficiency and success. On 1 July 2013 the functions of the Office of the Adjudicator to Her Majesty's Land Registry transferred to the Land Registration division of the new Property Chamber, the seventh First-tier Tribunal. The Office itself may be officially abolished, yet as its functions still continue, the transition raises questions not just of the new tribunal system, but also about future tribunal practice. The pre-existing flaws the Adjudicator has experienced in its contentious evolution have so far escaped significant criticism despite a rapid growth in caseload since first creation under the 2002 Land Registration Act. This article evaluates both the perception and reality of the Adjudicator, the flaws in the new tribunal system to which its functions now answer, and assesses the challenges the Land Registration division faces to answer both current and future demands.

Keywords: ADJUDICATOR; EFFICIENCY; LAND REGISTRATION; LAND REGISTRY; LITIGANTS-IN-PERSON; TRIBUNALS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5235/09615768.24.3.316

Publication date: November 1, 2013

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  • Until 2007 the King's Law Journal was known as the King's College Law Journal. It was established in 1990 as a legal periodical publishing scholarly and authoritative Articles, Notes and Reports on legal issues of current importance to both academic research and legal practice. It has a national and international readership, and publishes refereed contributions from authors across the United Kingdom, from continental Europe and further afield (particularly Commonwealth countries and USA). The journal includes a Reviews section containing critical notices of recently published books.
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