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Covid-19 Pandemic

Currently, Administrative staff within the Pensions Appeal Tribunal are working between the office and at home. The best way to contact us is by email at PAT_Info_Mailbox@scotcourtstribunals.gov.uk and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Furthermore, the Tribunal is currently operating a hybrid model of virtual hearings (telephone or videoconference) and in-person hearings for the foreseeable future. If you have an appeal with us currently at the stage of setting a hearing date then you will be given the option of how you would like your appeal to be heard. If we do not receive a response from you, your appeal will be listed as a telephone conference by default.

A link to the current practice direction in place by the President of The Pensions Appeal Tribunal, along with further links to the subsequent extensions of that direction, is provided below:

Practice Direction

Practice Direction Extension

Practice Direction Extension (29/03/2021)

Practice Direction Extension (30/03/2022)

Practice Direction Extension (04/05/2022)


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.