An Introduction to Industrial Tribunal Procedure


An Introduction Industrial Tribunal ProcedureThis workshop covers three important modules in employment tribunal procedure. The first area deals with preparation for an industrial hearing. This module deals with issues such as ensuring the witness attendance and being familiar with the questions that may be asked and responses that may be required. The section also deals with documentations of evidence and arguments to be sent to the tribunal prior to the start of the hearing.

The second module deals with the principal features of a tribunal hearing which includes the law relating to industrial arbitration and the best practices to be followed in conducting the hearing. This section is guided by the common law which prescribed the right of every person to have a fair hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal which is guaranteed under the Human Rights Act (HRA), 1998.

The third module deals with the issues relating to: (i) orders, (ii) judgments and (iii) reasons. This section will examine the role of the tribunal in giving its judgment as a final determination of the hearing. An order may be given requiring the plaintiff or the defendant to do or not to do something. This section will examine the principles of the law that would have guided the tribunal in arriving at its ruling on issues arising from the hearing.

Target Audience

This workshop would be beneficial to:

  • Industrial Relations Practitioners
  • Industrial Relations Specialists
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Conciliators
  • Labour Relations Officers

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Face a tribunal hearing
  • Bring their own claim to a tribunal without the help of a lawyer or specialist advisor in industrial relations
  • Enforce his /her rights through the tribunal procedure
  • Leaning about the legislations and common law that protects employment rights
  • Prepare evidence and arguments to be presented at a tribunal hearing
  • Participate in a tribunal hearing

Programme Outline

Topics to be covered over this workshop include;

  • Preparing for the hearing
    • Listing
    • Preliminary points of law
    • Written representations
    • Skeleton arguments
    • Witness statements
    • Agreed facts
    • Documents
    • Notice to the witnesses to attend
  • The Hearing
    • Administration and Procedure
    • Members of the tribunal
    • Representation at the tribunal
    • The issues to be determined
    • New allegations, new disclosure
    • Who presents first
    • Conduct of the hearing
  • Orders, Judgments and Reasons
    • Principles of law
    • Interpretation of employment legislations
    • Applications of the principles of good industrial relations practices

Facilitator's Bio-Sketch: Mr. Frederick

Mr. Frederick has held the positions of Acting Deputy Director Academic Affairs, Senior Lecturer in Labour Studies and Head of Labour Studies at the Cipriani College of Labour and Co-operative Studies. He is a PhD candidate working on a thesis entitled: Social Protection in the informal sector in Trinidad and Tobago. He has made conference presentations on topics related to the labour movement and its challenges, and avidly lectures on the topic within Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Frederick has a Masters Education Administration, BSc. Government, and Diploma Public Administration, all attained at the University of the West Indies. He also holds an LLB from the University of London among other qualifications.


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Time 8:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Duration 3 Days
Cost TT $4,500.00 (inclusive of training materials, refreshments and Certificate of Participation) 
Please note that prices are subject to change without notice.
Venue Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business
Max Richards Drive,
Uriah Butler Highway, North West,
Mt. Hope


Tel: 645-6700
Fax: 662-1411


Tamara Edwards - ext. 157
Rameshwar Santlal - ext. 123



Certificates will only be issued to participants who have attained a minimum attendance rate of 75% for the duration of the course.

Course Cancellation/ Reschedule Policy

Arthur Lok Jack GSB (ALJGSB) reserves the right to cancel training at any time. If ALJGSB cancels the training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, you are entitled to a full refund of the course fee, or your course fee can be credited toward a future training, based upon availability (providing payments have been made before original advertised date).

ALJGSB reserves the right to reschedule training at any time. If ALJGSB reschedules training due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of ALJGSB, the training will take place at the next available time. Participants will be informed via phone and/or e-mails.



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