Administrative Justice and tribunals projects

Administrative justice refers to the decisions public authorities make on issues such as social security appeals, immigration and special educational needs, and the options available for individual people to appeal against those decisions. Our particular focus is on dispute resolution and how it can be improved.  

Details of individual administrative justice projects funded by our Law in Society programme, including their outputs where available, can be found by clicking on the relevant link in the Our work in this area section of this page.

Funding priorities
  • The operation of different administrative justice mechanisms, including different tribunals, ombudsmen and mediation.
  • Incentives and structures for encouraging good early decision-making that could avoid disputes which may later require resolution in court, but which also enable ordinary people to take appropriate legal action where needed.
  • Projects that enable us to better understand service users and what may deter them from taking justifiable cases or incentivise them to take spurious or weak cases.  
  • Access to justice, including what happens to those who do not have access to the formal legal system or legal advice. 
  • Projects that examine enforcement and outcomes, including whether what is determined by a tribunal, ombudsman or other mechanism actually gets implemented, and how this can be improved. 
Further information

Full details about the priorities and criteria for our Law in Society funding programme, along with information about the application process is available in the apply for funding section.