an order has been made that states due to covid 19 the parties are to confirm by return if they agree to a hearing before an employment Judge sitting alone without lay members.
what are lay members? what are their roles?
lay members of an Employment Tribunal are not legally qualified. They are drawn from bodies representing employers organisations and employees bodies (usually trade unions).
So a fully constituted Employment Tribunal consists of the Employment Judge and two lay members, one from each side of the employer/employee divide.
The roles are not formally designated. It is hoped that each member of the tribunal will contribute to the whole. Their duty is in each case to find according to their vision of the truth, but respecting what the others bring to the judgment.
so is it advisable to have lay members there rather than not have them there?
I read somewhere on google that for discrimination there has to be lay members?
@activist do you get to pick your lay member then? from employee divide?
No. The Courts & Tribunals Service does that.