Friday, 19 May 2017

Claim struck out due to witness speaking to others during break

Reporter's Case Struck Out

A tribunal has struck out a BBC reporter's claim after finding that she discussed her case with  a newspaper journalist  during an adjournment when giving her evidence.The tribunal held that a BBC journalist,Sally Chidzoy's discussion with the journalist during a break in her evidence while still under oath was "unreasonable conduct" that justified her claim being struck out.

The tribunal concluded that a fair trial was no longer possible because it had lost all trust in the claimant.It also ruled out restarting the case with a different panel because the claimant had almost completed her evidence. Beginning again could lead to disputes over any changes in evidence given to the first and second tribunal.

Ms S Chidzoy v British Broadcasting Corporation. UKET 3400341/2016

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