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In November 2017, the Home Office consulted on the updated rules governing proceedings and complaints at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal. The consultation lasted 6 weeks and was UK wide.
Responses were accepted from past, current or potential complainants and respondents at the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and their representatives, as well as professional bodies (legal or otherwise), interest groups and the wider public.
The Home Office, working with the Investigatory Powers Tribunal, analysed the consultation responses and a number were accepted. The rules have been revised as necessary.
The rules were laid in Parliament on Thursday 11 October.
The Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2000 sets out, in greater detail than the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, the procedures the IPT should follow.
They include further detail on:
- how the tribunal should proceed in its investigations and determinations
- how it should receive evidence
- in what circumstances it may disclose material provided to it
- how it should determine proceedings, including oral hearings
- how it should notify a complainant of the outcome
The IPT is content with the draft update to the rules, and a letter from the president of the IPT to the Home Secretary welcoming the consultation can be found at www.ipt-uk.com.