A pre-hearing review will deal with any initial issues between the parties, after proceedings have been issued.
The pre-hearing review is likely to concern jurisdictional issues to determine whether the case should be allowed to proceed. Such issues include:
• Whether the Claimant was an employee • Whether the Claimant had sufficient continuous employment to bring his claim • Whether the Claimant has brought his claim within the relevant time limit (and if not, whether time should be extended) • Whether one party is permitted to amend their pleadings or (in the case of the Claimant) bring an additional claim or • Whether the Claimant is disabled.
Witness evidence may be heard when determining jurisdictional issues and legal submissions will be made by both parties.