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About case management conferences

A case management conference (CMC) is a meeting conducted by an Employment Claims Tribunals (ECT) officer called a deputy registrar or assistant registrar, together with the parties involved in the case.


You will receive a notification via email 3 days before and via SMS 1 day before your CMC.

Attendance at the CMC is compulsory. If you are unable to attend your CMC on the given date, you may request to change your court date on the Community Justice and Tribunals System (CJTS), subject to the approval of the ECT.

What to expect

The purpose of the CMC is to:

The registrar will manage the case and give the parties an opportunity to resolve their dispute. If you are able to reach a settlement for some or all of the matters in dispute during the CMC, the registrar will record a consent order to reflect the agreement.

Orders made by a tribunal (including consent orders) may be enforced in the same manner as a judgment or an order made by a District Court. A copy of the consent order will be made available online in CJTS.

If both parties are unable to settle their disputes at the CMC, the registrar will give further orders or directions on how the case should proceed. This may include ordering further CMCs for the case or referring both parties for mediation.

When the registrar is satisfied that all parties have their documents in order and are ready for a hearing, a date for a hearing before a tribunal magistrate will be scheduled.

Need help?

The information here is for general guidance as the courts do not provide legal advice. If you need further help, you may want to get independent legal advice.

Find out more


Refer to the Guide to Employment Claims (PDF, 226 KB).

Related questions

You may make an application under section 22(9) of the Employment Claims Act to rectify an order of a tribunal (for example, for typographical errors).

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