What is a statutory discrimination questionnaire?
How do witnesses give evidence at employment tribunal hearings?
Is there a time limit for an individual to serve a statutory discrimination questionnaire on an employer?
Is there a time limit for answering a statutory discrimination questionnaire?
What kind of information can a complainant ask for in a statutory discrimination questionnaire?
What are the potential consequences if an employer does not respond to a statutory discrimination questionnaire?
Does an employer have to surrender confidential documents to an employment tribunal if so directed?
Can an employer request that other employees are not called to give evidence to an employment tribunal?
What does the phrase "without prejudice" on a letter mean?
Once employment tribunal proceedings have been started, does an employer have to go through Acas to make an offer to settle the case, or can it contact the claimant directly?
Does an employment tribunal have the power to strike out a weak case?
What can an employment judge do if he or she believes that a claim has little prospect of success?
What is the maximum amount of a deposit order?
Is there anything that an employer can do if it misses the deadline for submitting a response to an employment tribunal claim?
What are case management discussions?
What are pre-hearing reviews?
Who sits in judgment in employment tribunal hearings?
When can a tribunal claim be heard by an employment judge sitting alone?
Can an employer insist that an employment tribunal hearing remains confidential?
Must a person be authorised to represent a claimant at tribunal for reward?
Generally, the parties submit written witness statements setting out the witness’s evidence to the tribunal prior to the hearing (except in Scotland where this is not routine). For claims submitted before 6 April 2012, witnesses have usually been required to read their statement aloud at the hearing, although there has been inconsistency between different tribunals as to the approach taken.
At hearings for claims submitted on or after 6 April 2012, witness statements will be “taken as read”, unless the tribunal orders otherwise. This means that the witness does not have to read the full statement aloud at the hearing before cross-examination by the other party. The tribunal could decide that a witness should read out his or her statement if, for example, the evidence is particularly complex or where it considers that it would help in assessing the credibility of the witness.
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