Skype used in the Employment Tribunal

The Reading Employment Tribunal is the first Tribunal known to have allowed a case to conclude via Skype.

The Tribunal rules allow all hearings to be wholly or partly conducted using electronic communications (such as video conferencing) where it is considered just and equitable to do so.  However, the Reading Employment Tribunal recently allowed a witness to give evidence in a hearing via Skype.  The witness had relocated to Turkey and the Tribunal decided that it would further the overriding objective to allow the hearing to proceed via Skype. This case shows that Tribunals are prepared to consider modern technology in order to deal with cases fairly and expeditiously.

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