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Tribunal date changed

mel2019mel2019 Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi I have a tribunal coming up on the 11th of September but I had a letter today to say it have been changed to the 16th do anyone know why this would have happened?? 

I'm also really unwell atm and dont think I can attend due to my depression and anxiety through the roof!! 

My kidney problem is really affecting me 

Do anyone have any advice on what I should do??

I have someone representing me and someone that's going to speak for me on my behalf I also went to my doctors yesterday and they gave me a letter stating that I'm unable to attend due to my anxiety and depression and all this is making it worst do anyone think that letter would back me up for not attending??? 


  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,002

    Scope community team

    Hi @mel2019,
    I'm really sorry to hear about the distress it's causing you.
    It's likely the date just changed due to availability. Also, tribunals are frequently more successful if you attend in person, so it's always advisable to do so if you can.
    Community Manager
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Sometimes dates change for lots of reasons, thankfully the date hasn't changed that much. You will need to do that as soon as possible.

    If you're unable to attend you need to contact HMCTS and tell them that you won't be able to attend and your reasons why. Do be aware that having a representative doesn't mean they will be able to speak on your behalf. Usually the panel want the claimant to speak for theirself in their own words, unless you have an appointee.

    It's always in your best interests to attend the Tribunal hearing because this will give you the best chance of a decision in your favour. Paper based hearings have a very low success rate.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
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