Gender Recognition Panel guidance
Consultation On Fee Remissions for the courts and Tribunals
The objective of these proposals is to create a single system of fee remissions (waivers) for all fee paying courts and tribunals which is simple to use, more cost efficient and better targeted to those who need it the most. For more information on the proposed reforms and for you to make any comments, visit GOV.UK.
The Gender Recognition Panel was established under the Gender Recognition Act 2004 to assess applications from transsexual people for legal recognition in their acquired gender.
There are two parts to the Panel:
- The administrative team who support the judicial members and
- The judicial members who assess applications for Gender Recognition Certificates.
The Panel has eleven members, made up of the following:
- a President;
- a Deputy President;
- three Legal members, and
- six Medical members.
The President of the Gender Recognition Panel is Jeremy Bennett and the Deputy President is Pauline Gray.
Panel members are recruited according to the guidelines set out in Schedule 1 of the Gender Recognition Act 2004.
The Panel is able to provide advice on how to apply for Gender Recognition as well as the application process. They are also able to provide the relevant application forms and guidance.
The user group aims to provide an opportunity for you to discuss matters relating to our, non case specific, operations and processes with representatives from the Panel and administration. This feedback helps us improve the services we provide.
If you wish to attend a meeting please email us, however please note, that we may not be able to accept all requests to attend if a meeting is over subscribed. We are not able to pay for any travel costs for attendance to these meetings.
If you are not able to attend a meeting but would still like to raise any issues for the user group, please email us with full details of your questions. The GRP are currently reviewing all forms and guidance notes.
Customer Satisfaction Survey
The Gender Recognition Panel undertook a Customer Satisfaction Survey during spring 2010. Customers receiving the final decision from the panel were invited to complete and return a questionnaire. The results were very positive, with 100% of respondents who took part, stating that they were satisfied with the administrative process (100% of respondents stated that they were "very or fairly satisfied").
It was clear though from customers’ comments that parts of the process were still not as straightforward as they should be and below are some frequently asked questions:
- "Keeping Applicants Informed"
We are currently reviewing the processes involved in keeping applicants informed of the progress of applications.
- Medical Reports, Clear guidelines and more advice on how to obtain medical reports A & B"
Full guidance on requirement can be found at on these pages. If you require further advice, please contact the administration.
- "Location of the statutory declaration"
We will shortly be undertaking a full review of the application form and guidance notes. Moving the location of the statutory declaration to follow section 7 is one item being considered in the review.