The Federal Appeals Panel adjudicates internal disputes within the Liberal Democrats. Its rulings are final and binding.
Its jurisdiction is set out under Article 22.3 of the Federal Party Constitution. It adjudicates:
The Federal Appeals Panel is made up of 18 volunteers, 9 of whom are elected by the Federal Board and individually confirmed by the Federal Party Conference; and the remainder of whom are elected by State Parties.
The make up of the Federal Appeals Panel can be found via the organisation chart here.
A short biography of its members may be found here. Members of the Federal Appeals Panel are elected for 5 year terms. They exercise their function independently and impartially, supported by a Registrar who may be a Party employee.
The Federal Appeals Panel is accountable to the Federal Party Conference, which confirms its published procedures.
Through this website, the Panel aims to be accessible and transparent to members. Its reports to Conference, current procedures, guidance, forms, and information about the work of the Panel shall be published on this website.
The Panel will shortly be consulting on reforms to its procedures in Spring 2021. The consultation documents will be published on this website.