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Industrial tribunals: Tribunal had no power to exclude press and public

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In R v Southampton Industrial Tribunal ex parte INS News Group Ltd and another, the High Court holds that an industrial tribunal did not have the power to order that it should sit in private to hear evidence of a sensitive or salacious nature in a case involving allegations of indecent assault.

On 16 December 1994, in the course of the hearing of a complaint of sex discrimination, an industrial tribunal sitting at Southampton made an order that members of the public, apart from witnesses, would be excluded from the hearing when the parties indicated that evidence which they considered to be of a sensitive or salacious nature was about to be given ("the order").