The Judges in charge of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and Scotland have today issued a joint document so that the users of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and in Scotland can find answers to frequently asked questions in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Employment tribunal information

A few issues outlined which relate solely to Employment Tribunals:-

1. Cases that are listed for a Final Hearing between 23rd March and the 26th June 2020 are currently suspended and the decision whether to reactivate them will be considered soon.

2. Cases that are listed for a Final Hearing to start after 26th June 2020 are still currently scheduled to go ahead as planned. If that situation changes then this will be the subject of further update. In the event that it may be difficult or impossible for parties to comply with case management orders or attend the Final Hearing, that party should contact their Solicitor or write to the Tribunal setting out details of what the issue is. A Judge can then consider matters

3. If a Judicial Mediation is arranged between 23rd March and 26th June 2020 the Tribunals hope this will go ahead. Instead of an “in person” meeting, this will take place via video links.

4. For those Hearings proceeding after 26th June 2020, the Employment Tribunal has indicated that there may be some delays. It is likely that Hearings will take place via video links using Skype for business or a similar system. You should read the joint document for more information on this or contact your Solicitor.

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