Members in Tribunals
What rights of audience are available to members in tribunals?
The rights of audience available in tribunals vary and depend on the individual tribunal rules. For example, a member may appear in an employment tribunal and social security appeal tribunal without the need for supervision from a solicitor. A Fellow who is also an authorised immigration practitioner may appear in immigration tribunals.
However, other tribunals reserve a right of audience to solicitors and barristers. Where that is the case, a Fellow may only appear if they are a Chartered Legal Executive Advocate and their certificate allows them rights in that tribunal.
It is extremely important to note that in exercising any of these rights, the CILEx member must be competent to do so. The CILEx Code of Conduct requires members to act within their competence, therefore appearing before a tribunal when not competent could lead to disciplinary proceedings.
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