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1. An appeal shall be commenced not later than six weeks after service of the non-discrimination notice, as specified in section 68(1) of the 1975 Act and in section 59(1) of the 1976 Act, by the appellant sending to the Secretary a notice of appeal which shall be in writing and shall set out—
(a)the name and address of the appellant and, if different, an address within the United Kingdom to which he requires notices and documents relating to the appeal to be sent;
(b)the date of the non-discrimination notice appealed against;
(c)the name and address of the respondent;
(d)particulars of the requirements appealed against; and
(e)the grounds of the appeal.
2. Upon receiving a notice of appeal the Secretary shall, subject to rule 11(3), enter particulars of it in the Register and shall send a copy of it to the respondent and inform the parties in writing of the case number of the appeal entered in the Register (which shall thereafter constitute the title of the proceedings) and of the address to which notices and other communications to the Secretary shall be sent.
3. (1) A tribunal may on the application of a party made either by notice to the Secretary or at the hearing—
(a)require a party to furnish in writing to another party further particulars of the grounds on which he relies and of any facts and contentions relevant thereto;
(b)require one party to grant to another such recovery or inspection (including the taking of copies) of documents as might be ordered by a sheriff; and
(c)require the attendance of any person as a witness or require the production of any document relating to the matter to be determined,
and may appoint the time at or within which or the place at which any act required in pursuance of this rule is to be done.
(2) The tribunal shall not under paragraph (1) require the production of any document certified by the Secretary of State as being a document of which the production would be against the interests of national security.
(3) A person on whom a requirement has been made under paragraph (1) may apply to the tribunal either by notice to the Secretary or at the hearing to vary or set aside the requirement.
(4) No such application to vary or set aside shall be entertained in a case where a time has been appointed under paragraph (1) in relation to the requirement unless it is made before the time or, as the case may be, expiration of the time so appointed.
(5) Every document containing a requirement under paragraph (1) (b) or (c) shall contain a reference to the fact that, under paragraph 1(7) of Schedule 9 to the 1978 Act, any person who without reasonable excuse fails to comply with any such requirement shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine, and the document shall state the amount of the current maximum fine.
4. (1) The President or a Regional Chairman shall fix the date, time and place of the hearing of the appeal and the Secretary shall not less than 14 days (or such shorter time as may be agreed by him with the parties) before the date so fixed send to each party a notice of hearing together with information and guidance as to attendance at the hearing, witnesses and the bringing of documents (if any), representation by another person and written representations.
(2) Where the President or a Regional Chairman so directs, the Secretary shall also send notice of the hearing to such persons as may be directed, but the requirements as to the period of notice contained in paragraph (1) shall not apply to any such notices.
5. (1) Any hearing of an appeal shall be heard by a tribunal composed in accordance with section 128(2A), (2B) and (2C), or section 128(6), of the 1978 Act.
(2) Any hearing of or in connection with an appeal shall take place in public except where a Minister of the Crown has directed a tribunal to sit in private on grounds of national security in accordance with paragraph 1(4A) of Schedule 9 to the 1978 Act.
(3) Notwithstanding paragraph (2), a tribunal may sit in private, if on the application of a party the tribunal considers it appropriate to do so, for the purpose of hearing evidence—
(a)which relates to matters of such a nature that it would be against the interests of national security to allow the evidence to be given in public, or
(b)hearing evidence from any person which in the opinion of the tribunal is likely to consist of information the disclosure of which would cause substantial injury to the undertaking of the appellant or of any undertaking in which he works for reasons other than its effect on negotiations with respect to any of the matters mentioned in section 244(1) of the 1992 Act.
(4) A member of the Council on Tribunals or of its Scottish Committee shall be entitled to attend any hearing in his capacity as such a member.
6. If a party wishes to submit representations in writing for consideration by a tribunal at the hearing of the appeal, that party shall send such representations to the Secretary not less than 7 days before the hearing and shall at the same time send a copy thereof to the other party.
7. (1) At any hearing of or in connection with an appeal a party shall be entitled to make an opening statement, to give evidence, to call witnesses, to cross-examine any witnesses called by the other party and to address the tribunal.
(2) If a party shall fail to appear or to be represented at the time and place fixed for the hearing of an appeal, the tribunal may dispose of the appeal in the absence of that party or may adjourn the hearing to a later date: provided that before disposing of an appeal in the absence of a party the tribunal shall consider any written representations submitted by that party in pursuance of rule 6.
(3) A tribunal may require any witness to give evidence on oath or affirmation and for that purpose there may be administered an oath or affirmation in due form.
8. (1) Where a tribunal is composed of three members its decision may be taken by a majority; and if a tribunal is composed of two members only, the chairman shall have a second or casting vote.
(2) The decision of a tribunal shall be recorded in a document signed by the chairman which shall contain the reasons for the decision.
(3) The clerk shall transmit the document signed by the chairman to the Secretary who shall enter it in the Register and shall send a copy of the entry to each of the parties.
(4) The specification of the reasons for the decision shall be omitted from the Register in any case in which—
(a)a Minister of the Crown has directed the tribunal, in accordance with paragraph 1(4A) of Schedule 9 to the 1978 Act, to sit in private on grounds of national security, or
(b)evidence has been heard in private and the tribunal so directs,
and in that event a specification of the reasons shall be sent to the parties and to any appellate court in any proceedings relating to such decision together with the copy of the entry.
(5) In any appeal appearing to involve allegations of a sexual offence, the document referred to in paragraph (3) shall be entered on the register with such deletions or amendments as have been made in accordance with rule 11(3).
(6) The chairman shall have power by certificate under his hand to correct in documents recording the tribunal’s decisions clerical mistakes or errors arising therein from any accidental slip or omission.
(7) The clerk shall send a copy of any document so corrected and the certificate of the chairman to the Secretary who shall as soon as practicable make such corrections as may be necessary in the Register and shall send a copy of the corrected entry or of the corrected specification of the reasons, as the case may be, to each of the parties.
(8) If any decision is—
(a)corrected under paragraph (6),
(b)reviewed, revoked or varied under rule 9, or
(c)altered in any way by order of an appellate court,
the Secretary shall alter the entry in the Register to conform with any such certificate or order and shall send a copy of the new entry to each of the parties.
9. (1) A tribunal shall have power on the application of a party to review and to revoke or vary by certificate under the chairman’s hand any of its decisions on the grounds that—
(a)the decision was wrongly made as a result of an error on the part of the tribunal staff;
(b)a party did not receive notice of the proceedings leading to the decision;
(c)the decision was made in the absence of a party;
(d)new evidence has become available since the making of the decision provided that its existence could not have been reasonably known of or foreseen; or
(e)the interests of justice require such a review.
(2) An application for the purposes of paragraph (1) may be made at the hearing. If the application is not made at the hearing, such application shall be made to the Secretary at any time from the date of the hearing until 14 days after the date on which the decision was sent to the parties and must be in writing stating the grounds in full.
(3) An application for the purposes of paragraph (1) may be refused by the chairman of the tribunal which decided the case, by the President or by a Regional Chairman if in his opinion it has no reasonable prospect of success and he shall state the reasons for his opinion.
(4) If such an application is not refused under paragraph (3), it shall be heard by the tribunal and if it is granted the tribunal shall either vary its decision or revoke its decision and order a re-hearing.
(5) The clerk shall send to the Secretary the certificate of the chairman as to any revocation or variation of the tribunal’s decision under this rule. The Secretary shall as soon as practicable make such correction as may be necessary in the Register and shall send a copy of the entry to each of the parties.
10. (1) A tribunal may make an order that a party shall pay to another party either a specified sum in respect of the expenses of or in connection with an appeal incurred by that other party or, in default of agreement, the taxed amount of those expenses.
(2) Any expenses required by an order under this rule to be taxed may be taxed according to such part of the table of fees prescribed for proceedings in the sheriff court as shall be directed by the order, and thereafter the tribunal may issue an order for payment of the amount as taxed.
11. (1) Subject to the provisions of these rules, a tribunal may regulate its own procedure.
(2) A tribunal may—
(a)postpone the day or time fixed for, or adjourn, any hearing;
(b)before granting an application under rule 3 or 9 require the party making the application to give notice thereof to the other party;
(c)either on the application of any person or of its own motion, direct any other person to be sisted as a party to the appeal (giving such consequential directions as it considers necessary), but may do so only after having given to the person proposed to be sisted a reasonable opportunity of making written or oral objection;
(d)make any necessary amendments to the description of a party in the Register and in other documents relating to the appeal;
(e)if the appellant shall at any time give notice of the abandonment of his appeal, dismiss the appeal;
(f)if the parties agree in writing upon the terms of a decision to be made by the tribunal, decide accordingly.
(3) In any appeal 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 which is likely to lead members of the public to identify any person affected by or making such an allegation.
(4) Any act required or authorised by these rules to be done by a tribunal may be done by a chairman except—
(a)the hearing of an appeal under rule 5;
(b)an act required or authorised to be so done by rule 7 or 8 which the rule implies is to be done by the tribunal which is hearing or has heard the appeal;
(c)the hearing of an application under rule 9(1), and the variation or revocation of a decision, and ordering of a re-hearing, under rule 9(4).
(5) Any functions of the Secretary may be performed by an Assistant Secretary.
12. (1) In any appeal which involves allegations of sexual misconduct the tribunal may at any time before promulgation of its decision, either on the application of a party made by notice to the Secretary or of its own motion, make a restricted reporting order.
(2) The tribunal shall not make a restricted reporting order unless it has given each party an opportunity to advance oral argument at a hearing, if they so wish.
(3) Where a tribunal makes a restricted reporting order—
(a)it shall specify in the order the persons who may not be identified;
(b)the order shall remain in force until the promulgation of the decision of the tribunal on the appeal to which it relates unless revoked earlier; and
(c)the Assistant Secretary shall ensure that a notice of that fact is displayed on the notice board of the tribunal with any list of the proceedings taking place before the industrial tribunal, and on the door of the room in which the proceedings affected by the order are taking place.
(4) A tribunal may revoke a restricted reporting order at any time if it thinks fit.
(5) For the purposes of this rule “promulgation”occurs on the date recorded as being the date on which the document recording the determination of the appeal was sent to the parties.
13. (1) Any notice given under these rules shall be in writing and all notices and documents required or authorised by these rules to be sent or given to any person hereinafter mentioned may be sent by post (subject to paragraphs (3) and (4)) or delivered to or at—
(a)in the case of a document directed to the Secretary, the Office of the Tribunals or such other office as may be notified by the Secretary to the parties;
(b)in the case of a document directed to a party, his address for service specified in the notice of appeal or in a notice under paragraph (2) or (if no address for service is so specified or if a notice sent to such an address has been returned), his last known address or place of business in the United Kingdom, or if the party is a corporation, the corporation’s registered or principal office;
(c)in the case of a document directed to any person (other than a person specified in the foregoing provisions of this paragraph), his address or place of business in the United Kingdom, or if such a person is a corporation, the corporation’s registered or principal office;
and if sent or given to the authorised representative of a party shall be deemed to have been sent or given to that party.
(2) A party may at any time by notice to the Secretary and to the other party change his address for service under these rules.
(3) Where a notice of appeal is not delivered, it shall be sent by the recorded delivery service.
(4) Where for any sufficient reason service of any document or notice cannot be effected in the manner prescribed under this rule, the President or a Regional Chairman may make an order for substituted service in such manner as he may deem fit and such service shall have the same effect as service in the manner prescribed under this rule.
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