How long before the tribunal hears my case?

The tribunal aims to hear most cases within about six months of the ET1 being lodged. Obviously short, simple claims (e.g. unlawful deduction from wages cases) can sometimes be slotted in earlier than multi-day complex claims (e.g. equal pay cases).

You will be required to tell the tribunal how many witnesses you intend to call and how long you think the hearing will last. If there are any dates you would find hard to make (e.g. due to having booked a holiday) you should notify the tribunal early on. It is important to think about this carefully because it is likely to be very difficult to change arrangements, e.g. the length of a hearing, once it has been set and listed in the tribunal calendar.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

What is WorkSmart?

A career coach that works for everyone.


Enjoy bite-sized activities delivered to you every week.

Lightbulb brain

Equip yourself with essential skills to be the best you yet.


Get the guidance you need to stay focused and reach your goals.

Worksmart circle