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Valuation Tribunals

Comment 17th July 2010

The decisions of  Valuation Tribunals in Domestic cases should be subject to appeal

to a higher tribunal without resort to the High Corts –

Previous administartions have been aware of this anomaly – see House of Lords debate.

Why does this matter?

There is no appeal ( except to the High Courts on a point of law ) against decisions made by a Valuation Tribunal's decision on a domrestic Council Tax banding.

This is the only tribunal , which consists of lay persons.  to which there is no appeal to a higher tribunal. Why should domestic appeals be treated diffrently from Commercial ones ?

A  lay Valuation tribunal in a domestic case can make a decision entirely against the weight of evidence. Injustice can occur as in criminal cases where a lay jury place undue weight on the evidence of professional witnesses called by the prosecution. In

There is no appeal ( except to the High Courts on a point of law ) against decisions made by a Valuation Tribunal's decision on a domrestic Council Tax banding.

This is the only tribunal , which consists of lay persons.  to which there is no appeal to a higher tribunal. Why should domestic appeals be treated diffrently from Commercial ones ?

A  lay Valuation tribunal in a domestic case can make a decision entirely against the weight of evidence. Injustice can occur as in criminal cases where a lay jury place undue weight on the evidence of professional witnesses called by the prosecution. In VT cases the only professional witness is the Valuation Officer whose judgement is being challenged

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