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Industrial Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Miscellaneous powers

13.—(1) Subject to the provisions of these Rules, a tribunal may regulate its own procedure.

(2) A tribunal may—

(a)if the applicant at any time gives notice of the withdrawal of his originating application, dismiss the proceedings;

(b)if both or all the parties agree in writing upon the terms of a decision to be made by the tribunal, decide accordingly;

(c)consider representations in writing which have been submitted by a party to the Secretary (pursuant to rule 8(4) in Schedule 1) less than 7 days before the hearing;

(d)subject to paragraph (3), at any stage of the proceedings, order to be struck out or amended any originating application or notice of appearance, or anything in such application or notice of appearance, on the grounds that it is scandalous, frivolous or vexatious;

(e)subject to paragraph (3), at any stage of the proceedings, order to be struck out any originating application or notice of appearance on the grounds that the manner in which the proceedings have been conducted by or on behalf of the applicant or, as the case may be, respondent has been scandalous, frivolous or vexatious;

(f)subject to paragraph (3), on the application of the respondent, or of its own motion, order an originating application to be struck out for want of prosecution;

(g)make any necessary amendments to the description of a party in the Register and in other documents relating to the originating application.

(3) Before making an order under sub-paragraph (d), (e) or (f) of paragraph (2) the tribunal shall send notice to the party against whom it is proposed that the order should be made giving him an opportunity to show cause why the order should not be made; but this paragraph shall not be taken to require the tribunal to send such notice to that party if the party has been given an opportunity to show cause orally why the order should not be made.

(4) Where a notice required by paragraph (3) is sent in relation to an order to strike out an originating application for want of prosecution, service of the notice shall be treated as having been effected if it has been sent by ordinary post or delivered in accordance with rule 19(3) and the tribunal may strike out the originating application (notwithstanding that there has been no direction for substituted service in accordance with rule 19(7)) if the party does not avail himself of the opportunity given by the notice.

(5) A tribunal may, before determining an application under rule 4 or rule 17 in Schedule 1, require the party making the application or, in the case of an application under rule 4(2A), the expert, to give notice of it to every other party (or, in the case of an application by the expert, to the parties and any other person on whom the tribunal is asked, in the application, to impose a requirement). The notice shall give particulars of the application and indicate the address to which and the time within which any objection to the application shall be made, being an address and time specified for the purposes of the application by the tribunal.

(6) In any case appearing to involve allegations of the commission of a sexual offence, the tribunal or the Secretary shall omit from the Register, or delete from the Register or any decision, document or record of the proceedings which is available to the public, any identifying matter.

(6A) Without prejudice to paragraph (7), the tribunal shall, before proceeding to hear the parties on an equal value claim, invite them to apply for an adjournment for the purpose of seeking to reach a settlement of the claim and shall, if both or all the parties agree to such a course, grant an adjournment for that purpose.

(6B) If, after the tribunal has adjourned the hearing under rule 8A(4) but before the tribunal has received the report of the expert, the applicant gives notice of withdrawal under paragraph (2)(a), the tribunal shall give notice to the expert that the requirement to prepare a report has ceased.

(6C) A notice given to the expert under paragraph (6B) shall be without prejudice to the operation of rule 12(2A).

(7) A chairman may postpone the day or time fixed for, or adjourn, any hearing (particularly where a statutory provision provides for conciliation in relation to the case, for the purpose of giving an opportunity for the case to be settled by way of conciliation and withdrawn) and vary any such postponement or adjournment.

(8) Any act required or authorised by these Rules to be done by a tribunal may be done by the President, Vice-President or a chairman except—

(a)the hearing of an originating application under rule 8 in Schedule 1;

(b)an act required or authorised to be so done by rule 9 or 10 which the rule implies is to be done by the tribunal which is hearing or heard the originating application;

(c)the review of a decision under rule 11(1) in Schedule 1, and the confirmation, variation or revocation of a decision, and ordering of a re-hearing, under rule 11(7) in that Schedule.

(9) Any act required or authorised by rule 3(4) and (5) in Schedule 1, rule 13(7) or rule 15(1) in Schedule 1 to be done by a chairman may be done by a tribunal or on the direction of the President, Vice-President or a chairman.

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