Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

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

  • Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
  • Key documents
  • Presidential Direction—conversion of final hearings to case management hearings until 29 June 2020
  • FAQs and road map—a gradual increased number of remote and in-person substantive hearings
  • Roadmap for 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022
  • Practice Directions and Presidential Guidance on remote hearings
  • Employment tribunal offices
  • Submitting a claim
  • Service of claim form on respondent
  • Responding to a claim
  • More...

Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has seriously disrupted the operational capabilities of the employment tribunals.

This Practice Note looks at the key documents, including Practice Directions, Presidential Guidance, a FAQs document and a related ‘road map’, which all detail the steps being taken by employment tribunals in response to the unique challenges caused by the pandemic. It then goes on to look at the impact and guidance specifically available on:

  1. the general operating model for employment tribunal offices during the pandemic

  2. issues relating to the submission and service of claims

  3. issues relating to the submission of responses

  4. how best to correspond with the employment tribunal during the pandemic

  5. case management directions

  6. judicial mediations

  7. preliminary hearings for case management

  8. the postponement and re-listing of hearings

  9. the potential hearing formats

  10. determination of claims without hearings

  11. the composition of employment tribunals at substantive hearings

  12. judgments and written reasons

The determination of which type of hearings is appropriate and practicalities of conducting both in-person and remote hearings are dealt with in our separate Practice Note: Employment tribunal hearings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

A timeline of the various developments relating to Presidential Directions and Presidential and other guidance relating the conduct of proceedings in employment tribunals can be found at the end of this Practice Note.

Key documents

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, and in

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