Examination of Witnesses

Part of Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 10:40 am ar 19 Mehefin 2012.

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Katja Hall: Yes, it was more to do with the functioning of tribunals themselves. Our concern is that when tribunals were initially set up, they were meant to be informal, non-legalistic vehicles for resolving disputes in the workplace. Now they are anything but; they are highly legalistic, often complex and expensive, as you have said. We think there is a case for looking at how we could make tribunals into what they were originally intended to be, namely a way for the employer and the employee to resolve disputes without huge amounts of legal complexity and cross-examinations in a very formal environment. One of the ideas that we are working on, which we will continue to develop, is whether there is a case for having a tribunal chair hearing cases in an informal setting, perhaps in the conference room of a hotel. Both sides would submit their case; that would be taken as read, and then the judge would ask questions for clarification. That is just a proposal, but it perhaps gives you some idea of how radical we think reform needs to be.