Preparation for employment tribunal final hearing
Preparation for employment tribunal final hearing

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

  • Preparation for employment tribunal final hearing
  • Directions
  • Preparation and exchange of witness statements
  • Use of written representations
  • Bundles
  • Listing of hearings
  • Liability and remedy together
  • Split hearings
  • Requests to admit covertly made recordings into evidence

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.

Directions

In most cases, the tribunal will give directions to the parties about the preparatory steps required before the final hearing. This may be done at a preliminary hearing or in writing without a hearing (see Practice Note: Employment tribunal case management).

For further information on the sort of directions likely to be made generally, see Preliminary hearings in the employment tribunal—Preliminary hearings relating only to general case management orders.

Preparation and exchange of witness statements

It is usual for the tribunal to give directions as to the preparation and exchange of witness statements. A number of copies of each statement will be required at the final hearing. For further information, see Witnesses—employment tribunals—Preparation and exchange of witness statements.

Use of written representations

Parties are entitled to present written representations to the tribunal. Sometimes they may choose to do this as well as attending a hearing, on other occasions they may seek to rely solely on written representations instead of attending.

For further information on practice and procedure with regard to the preparation of

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