The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is an independent judicial tribunal established in October 2000, as a result of the enactment of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, to hear complaints about surveillance by public bodies. IPT is a tribunal non-departmental public body of the Home Office.
In October 2013 Mr Justice Burton was appointed as President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal for five years until September 2018.
The IPT operates out of a Home Office building in Whitehall.
Hearings are often closed and made without informing the complainant beforehand.
The IPT has had the following open hearings
- 2003 - Kennedy, British Irish Watch and Others v. the Security Service, GCHQ, SIS and the Metropolitan Police Service
- 2004 - B v. the Security Service
- 2006 - C v. the Police and the Home Office
- 2006 - National Black Police Association and Others v. the Metropolitan Police Service
- 2008 - Frank-Steiner v. the Data Controller, SIS
- 2009 - Jenny Patton and Others v. Poole Borough Council
- 2012 - Vaughan v. South Oxfordshire District Council
- 2012 - BA and Others v. Cleveland Police
- 2013 - A Complaint of Surveillance
The following hearing was originally closed, but was made open by the release of a full transcript:
- 2003 - Rulings of the Tribunal on Preliminary Issues of Law
- wikipedia: Investigatory Powers Tribunal
- Investigatory Powers Tribunal consultation: updated rules GOV.UK, 2018-10-11
- 2015 Report, expected early 2015, delayed until 2016
- 2012 Report (statistical), 2013-01-29
- 2011 Report (statistical), 2012-07-13
- 2010 Report, 2011-12-16
- Appointment – Mr Justice Burton, IPT, 2013-10-13
- 'Independent' court scrutinising MI5 is located inside Home Office, Guardian, 2014-03-05
- How Belhaj challenge to UK courts put spotlight on closed hearings, Guardian, 2014-01-15
- Hansard, 2013-11-27
- Additional - 2010 Tribunal report, 2014-06-29 "The next report is due to be issued in early 2015 and annually thereafter. "
- 2015 Tribunal report, WhatDoTheyKnow "Unfortunately the publication of the 2015 Tribunal Report has been delayed until early 2016."