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Kotecha v Insurety PLC t/a Capital Health & Others - Tribunal was entitled to refuse adjournment [2010] EAT

An employment tribunal was entitled to form its own views on a claimant's fitness and ability to present his case, and refuse an application for adjournment.

Mr Kotecha brought numerous employment tribunal claims over a long period of time (as a search of these Webupdaters by subscribers will show). At a Case Management Discussion the hearing was listed for 3 - 7 November 2008. On 27 October Mr Kotecha, who was representing himself, sought an adjournment - he claimed that due to alcoholism and mental illness he was unfit, and wanted the hearing postponed while he sought a no win, no fee solicitor. The tribunal refused - this was an old case that needed to be heard, the respondents objected, Mr Kotecha's documentation supporting his ajournment application was inadequate, and it was "just, fair and proportionate" that the hearing take place.

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