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Welcome to the Welsh Language Tribunal

Welcome to the Welsh Language Tribunal

The Welsh Language Tribunal is an independent tribunal. Our function is to deal with appeals against decisions by the Welsh Language Commissioner in relation to Welsh Language Standards.

We deal with the following issues:

Challenging Standards imposed by the Welsh Language Commissioner

Challenging Standards imposed by the Welsh Language Commissioner

Anyone who has received a compliance notice by the Commissioner (a document which requires them to comply with Welsh Language Standards) can:

  • Appeal to the Tribunal against the Commissioner's decision to impose those Standards.

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Information on the Welsh Language Standards can be found on the Welsh Language Commissioner's website

Appealing against the outcome of an investigation by the Welsh Language Commissioner

Appealing against the outcome of an investigation by the Commissioner

A person who has been investigated for an alleged failure to comply with a Standard can appeal to the Tribunal against the Commissioner’s decision and against any enforcement action.

A member of the public can appeal against the Commissioner's decision to reject a complaint that someone has failed to comply with a standard.

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Reviewing a decision by the Commissioner not to investigate a complaint

Reviewing a decision by the Commissioner not to investigate a complaint

A member of the public who has made a complaint to the Welsh Language Commissioner that someone has failed to comply with a Standard can:

  • Apply to the Tribunal for a review if the Commissioner has decided not to investigate the complaint (or to discontinue an investigation which has been begun)

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Background

The Welsh Language Tribunal is an independent statutory body.. The Tribunal President and the Tribunal Members were appointed using a process designed to ensure that they are independent and make decisions objectively according to the law. There is a right to appeal from the Tribunal to the High Court with regards to a point of law.

The Tribunal was established in April 2015 under Section 120 of the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011. The Welsh Government must provide the Tribunal with the resources it requires to undertake its work. Statistical and financial information about the Tribunal's work is provided in its Annual Report.

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