Concern over extended role for ‘legal officers’

BIS wants them to take on case management at employment tribunals

02 Oct 2012

Solicitors have expressed concerns over the quality of justice at employment tribunals if ‘legal officers’ take over the role of judges and hear interlocutory applications.

In his review of employment tribunal rules, Mr Justice Underhill said the role of legal officers was a separate issue and should be decided by government.

In a consultation paper on the review launched last month, BIS officials said the Employment Tribunals Act 1996 included provisions that would permit interlocutory functions to be dealt with by a legal officer.

“However, until now, the procedural rules made under that Act have not included re...

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