Types of preliminary hearings
There are different types of hearing that can take place before the full hearings:
- 'Interlocutory' or 'Directions': to agree certain points, such as the exact issues to be considered, date and length of the hearing and the number of witnesses.
- 'Pre-hearing review': if your employer (or sometimes the tribunal) believes that your case has no prospect of success or your case is weak, you will have to pay a fee if you decide to carry on to the full hearing.
- 'Preliminary hearing': if there is a legal point to establish, such as whether the tribunal has the authority to hear your complaint, or if your complaint has been made in time.
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