Welsh language scheme for tribunals launched

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 18:41:57 UTC 2007

Welsh language scheme for tribunals launched

Aug 7 2007


The Tribunals Service (TS) has today published its Welsh Language
Scheme, its policy for delivering services through the medium of
Welsh. The Scheme, which was launched today at the National Eisteddfod
in Mold, describes how TS and its constituent tribunals will implement
the principle that in the conduct of public business and the
administration of justice in Wales, the Welsh and English languages
should be treated on an equal basis.

It outlines how TS staff will deal with Welsh speaking members of the
public, including those wishing to conduct their tribunal hearings in
Welsh; how TS will publicise its activities in Wales; how it will take
account of the Welsh language during policy and service development;
and how it will implement the scheme. Jeanne Spinks, Chief Operating
Officer of the Tribunals Service, launched the scheme with His Honour
Michael Harris, President of appeal tribunals, at the National
Eisteddfod. They received a certificate of Welsh Language Board
approval from its Chair Meri Huws. Ms Spinks said:

"This is an important step in bringing administrative justice even
closer to the people in Wales. The scheme builds on the best practice
taking place within our tribunals, and demonstrates our commitment to
enable those who wish to conduct their tribunal through the medium of
Welsh to do so."

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