Valuation Tribunal for England
The VTE is the judicial arm of the Valuation Tribunal. In 2009 it replaced the 56 valuation tribunals that existed previously in England and a national President was appointed.
The VTE chairmen and members come from a wide cross section of society and undertake their roles in an unpaid capacity. However, they may claim expenses and, where necessary, earnings lost due to their tribunal duties.
Since 2009 all appointments have been made through the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) following application, test and interview. Many of the current membership are lawyers, although a legal qualification is not a requirement. Each member, regardless of their background, has to meet the post-holder criteria. All members are required to undertake and pass training on the subject matter in which they hear appeals, as well as observe proceedings before commencing sitting. Members are also required to undertake continuous development training.
Normally two members will convene as a panel to hear an appeal (although this may be varied by the President). However, each panel must consist of at least one senior member (either the President, a Vice-President or a chairman).
As a judicial body, any complaints about a member’s conduct are dealt with by the President, or another judge nominated if there is a conflict. After initial consideration or investigation, if an allegation looks serious, then the matter is referred to the Judicial Conduct Office. The process is governed by the Judicial Conduct (Tribunal ) Regulations 2014. The President can only consider matters of misconduct; any complaint about how a member may have exercised a discretion or decided a case, or any other judicial decision can only be challenged by formal appeal to a higher tribunal or court.
VTE members are required to abide by a set of Terms and Conditions.
The VTE is supported in its work by the Valuation Tribunal Service.