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My pip claim went to tribunal. What is a directions letter?

susan2468
susan2468 Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited October 4 in PIP, DLA, and AA
hi, my pip claim went to tribunal , ive just rang and they said a directions letter will be sent out , anybody have any any idea what this means thank you

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  • susan2468
    susan2468 Member Posts: 4 Listener
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,472 Disability Gamechanger
    Needs to be merged with https://forum.scope.org.uk/discussion/84708/ive-just-rang-pip-and-was-told-a-directions-letter-will-be-sent-out-any-idea-what-this-is#latest

    A direction is simply an instruction from a judge as to what ought to happen next. 

    So, when you say it "went to tribunal" what does that mean? Do you mean the case has been heard; adjourned or is waiting to be listed?

    My guess would be adjourned or waiting to be listed. If I'm right then the direction is likely to be no more than

    - list the case in this period. 
    - in front of this sort of panel.
    - for this length of time.
    - insist a DWP presenting officer is present. 

    That's ball park the sort of thing. 
  • susan2468
    susan2468 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    hi, mike yes its already been heard , when i rang today she said waiting for a directions letterto be sent out 

  • AndrewHall
    AndrewHall Member Posts: 20 Connected
    susan2468 said:
    hi, mike yes its already been heard , when i rang today she said waiting for a directions letterto be sent out 


    I am guessing you meant "decision letter"
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,472 Disability Gamechanger
    Hmm. If a case has been heard and decided then you would usually get a summary decision re: award or no award. It's hard to imagine the scenario in which directions might arise.

    Most of the directions are targeted at issues before a hearing as a means of trying to ensure nothing gets screwed up and that everything goes right first time. I suppose they could be in the process of deciding that they need to transfer the matter to a different tribunal or court but that would be highly unusual. They could also have put a stay on the decision pending the outcome of another case they only subsequently became aware of. 

    The relevant rule (5) can be found here

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