Judgments Contacting us

Welcome to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal website.

The Tribunal is a court which investigates and determines complaints which allege that public authorities or law enforcement agencies have unlawfully used covert techniques and infringed our right to privacy, as well as claims against the security and intelligence agencies for conduct which breaches a wider range of our human rights.

More than that, we are at the forefront of our field, operating the most open and equitable process in the world for hearing cases of this sensitivity. We are the first court of our kind to establish 'inter partes' hearings in open court in the security field. These hearings allow us to hear arguments on both sides on the basis of 'assumed facts' without risk to our national security. This means that where there is a substantial issue of law to consider, and without at that stage taking a decision as to whether the allegation in a complaint is true, we invite the parties involved to present issues of law for the Tribunal to decide, which are based on the assumption that the facts alleged in the complaint are true.

This means that we have been able to hold hearings in public, including full adversarial argument, as to whether the conduct alleged, if it had occurred, would have been lawful. We may then hold 'closed' hearings in private to apply the legal conclusions from the open hearings to the facts.

Draft IPT Rules

29 Sept 2017

Draft new Rules have been published today introducing a right of appeal. The President of the Tribunalís letter can be found here: http://www.ipt-uk.com/docs/IPT Rules Consulation.pdf

The 2016 Statistical Report can be found here: http://www.ipt-uk.com/docs/IPT Statisical Report 2016.pdf

The consultation period ends on 10 November and can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/investigatory-powers-tribunal-consultation-updated-rules


  • Bulk Communications Data Referral to Europe

    30 Oct 17

    The Tribunal have today made a referral to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Full details can be found in the Judgments section.

  • Bulk Data Hearing

    13 Oct 17

    A further hearing will take place from 17 to 19 October 2017 in Court 2 of Southwark Crown Court. The hearing is to determine four issues including proportionality.

  • Bulk Data Referral to Europe

    7 Sep 17

    The Tribunal will hand down the judgement in Court 76 of the Royal Courts of Justice tomorrow, 8 September, at 10.30