East of England Ambulance Service Nhs Trust v Sanders [2014]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Case Reference
    UKEAT 0217_14_1710
  • Legal Body
    Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Tribunal Practice, Procedures and Jurisdictional Issues
Issues covered: Panel's use of internet

This quite remarkable case highlights yet another danger of the digital age, as well as the adage that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

The original tribunal claim was one of disability discrimination by a litigant in person. That is not unusual. What is unusual is that the tribunal took it upon itself to research the subject on Wikipedia and other websites during the recess and then asked questions about issues which had not been raised by either party. The tribunal even issued print outs from websites to the parties to aid their enquiries. The tribunal then refused to recuse itself and got short shrift from the EAT when asked to explain itself. It seems that the tribunal may have

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This article is correct at 21/11/2014

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