Going to a tribunal hearing

Cases are normally held at the employment tribunal office closest to where you worked.

You must take the documents you’re using to support your case. You can take a colleague or someone else with you if you want.

You cannot claim for expenses for going to the hearing.

Because of coronavirus (COVID-19), your hearing may be postponed or it may take place by phone or video. If you already have a hearing date, the court will contact you and tell you how the hearing will take place. Read guidance about what to do if your case is affected.

What happens at the hearing

You’ll present your case to the tribunal - someone else can do this for you, for example a lawyer, friend or family member. The respondent will present their case against you.

You’ll normally give evidence first, unless your case is about unfair dismissal. You can also call witnesses to give evidence.

You will usually be asked questions by:

  • the judge
  • the respondent
  • two other tribunal members (only in certain cases)

Get a decision

You’ll be sent the decision in the post a few days or weeks after the hearing. The decision will be published on GOV.UK. In certain cases you may also be given the decision at the hearing.