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Jones v Corbin (t/a BOO) - Case management orders once tribunal is convened cannot come from judge alone [2011] EAT

An Employment Judge has wide powers to make case management orders. However, once a tribunal is convened those powers must be exercised by the whole tribunal: the judge cannot continue to make orders without reference to the wing members. 

Mrs Jones (who is Hungarian) brought employment tribunal proceedings for wrongful and unfair dismissal. Case management orders were made, but Ms Corbin failed to comply. However, on the day of the hearing, Ms Corbin produced a bundle of documents and two witness statements. Mr Jones (who, as a solicitor, was representing his wife) sought an adjournment to read and take instructions on the documents and statements, but - without consulting his wing members - the Employment Judge refused.

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