Delivery of documents in employment tribunal proceedings: the rules
Delivery of documents in employment tribunal proceedings: the rules

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Delivery of documents in employment tribunal proceedings: the rules
  • Delivery to the tribunal
  • Copying to other parties
  • Delivery to parties
  • Delivery to non-parties and other special addressees
  • Problems with regular address—substituted service
  • Deemed dates of delivery to tribunal or parties
  • Documents delivered by email
  • Document delivered by post

Delivery of documents in employment tribunal proceedings: the rules

Coronavirus (COVID-19): All proceedings in employment tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice are operating in accordance with the Presidential guidance and directions now issued, which profoundly affect normal practice. See Practice Note: Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for full information.

This Practice Note sets out the rules that apply to the delivery of documents throughout the course of employment tribunal proceedings.

Documents may need to be delivered:

  1. to the tribunal: see Delivery to the tribunal, below

  2. to the parties to the proceedings: see Delivery to parties, below

  3. to others who are not parties to the proceedings: see Delivery to non-parties and other special addressees, below

There are rules in each case describing how and where documents must be delivered.

Sometimes, the address for delivery stipulated by the rules is unascertainable, or known but in some way problematic, in which case an order can be made for delivery in another manner: see Problems with regular address—substituted service, below.

The date of delivery of a document will often be important in determining whether there has been compliance with procedural rules. There are therefore deeming provisions, for different modes of delivery, which declare the date upon which a document will be taken to have been received,

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