The COVID 19 outbreak is having a significant impact upon how the Pensions Appeal Tribunal Scotland is able to carry out its normal activity. From and including 24th March 2020 and until further notice, the PATS offfice at Edinburgh Tribunals Centre, George House Edinburgh has been closed for business.
The Pensions Appeal Tribunal hear appeals from ex-servicemen or women who have had their claims for a War Pension rejected by the Secretary of State for Defence.
The Tribunals' jurisdiction covers Scotland, and is independent from the Veterans Agency.
England, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own Tribunal
The Tribunals have been set up in their present form since 1943 although they have been in existence, as part of the Lord President of the Court of Session's responsibility since the War Pensions Act 1919.
The Pensions Appeal Tribunal is headed by a President who is legally qualified and supported by a panel of part-time Legal Chairmen, Medical Members and Service Members.