What is a Preliminary Hearing?
The Employment Tribunal Rules refer to two types of hearing: a preliminary hearing and a final hearing. The former applies to any hearing which takes place before the final hearing, the final hearing is the hearing when the Tribunal consider all of the evidence and decide on either liability or remedy (or both).
Normally a Preliminary Hearing will be conducted by an Employment Judge alone and will normally be conducted in private. There are exceptions to the latter.
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