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Industrial Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2004

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Modification of rule 3 of Schedule 1

1.  In rule 3 of Schedule 1 (appearance by respondent), insert the following paragraphs after paragraph (1) –

(1A) Paragraph (1)(c) shall not apply in any case in which –

(a)a direction of a Minister of the Crown under rule 8(1)(b) (exclusion of applicant) applicable to this stage of the proceedings is given; or

(b)a Minister of the Crown has informed the Secretary in accordance with rule 8(4) that he wishes to address the tribunal with a view to the tribunal making an order applicable to this stage of the proceedings under rule 8(2)(a) read with 8(1)(b),

before the expiry of the period for entering the appearance.

(1B) Where paragraph (1A) applies –

(a)in a case falling within sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (1A) and in which the tribunal decides not to make an order under rule 8(2)(a) read with 8(1)(b), the respondent shall within 21 days of the tribunal so deciding provide to the Secretary in writing sufficient particulars to show on what grounds he intends to resist the application. Upon receipt thereof the Secretary shall send a copy to each other party;

(b)in a case falling within sub-paragraph (b) of paragraph (1A) and in which the tribunal makes an order under rule 8(2)(a) read with 8(1)(b), or in a case falling within sub-paragraph (a) of paragraph (1A), the respondent shall, within 42 days of the making of the order or the giving of the direction, as the case may be, provide to the tribunal and, where applicable, to the special advocate in writing, sufficient particulars to show on what grounds he intends to resist the application.

(1C) In any case not falling within paragraph (1A) but in which a direction of a Minister of the Crown under rule 8(1)(c) (exclusion of applicant’s representative) applicable to this stage of the proceedings is given, or an order of the tribunal under rule 8(2)(a) read with 8(1)(c) applicable to this stage of the proceedings is made, the Secretary shall not send a copy of the notice of appearance to any person excluded from all or part of the proceedings by virtue of such direction or order.

(1D) In any case not falling within paragraph (1A) or (1C) but in which a Minister of the Crown has informed the Secretary in accordance with rule 8(4) that he wishes to address the tribunal with a view to the tribunal making an order applicable to this stage of the proceedings under rule 8(2)(a), read with 8(1)(c), the Secretary shall not send a copy of the notice of appearance to any person who may be excluded from all or part of the proceedings by virtue of such an order, if an order is made, at any time before the tribunal decides whether or not to make such an order.

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