When the Commission holds a hearing or conference, we may make an audio recording and publish a transcript. Transcripts are usually available 3 days after the hearing. You may ask for access to a recording. You cannot record a hearing or conference without the permission of a Commission Member. See Recording a hearing or conference for more information.
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We do not publish transcripts for private conferences.
We do not publish transcripts, when they are heard in public by a single member, for:
- dismissal and termination of employment cases
- general protections cases that do not involve dismissal
- bullying cases
- sexual harassment cases.
Ask for an audio recording
You can ask for access to a free online audio recording of the proceeding if you are:
- a party to a case (‘matter’)
- a party’s lawyer or paid agent.
You can only ask for access within 3 months of the date the Commission issues a final decision or order for the case.
This initiative is part of our Future Directions strategy.
The Commission has the right to decide whether to allow access. We usually give access, unless:
- parties can easily access a written transcript, for example on this website
- the Commission makes a confidentiality order, and it would not be practical to remove the material covered by the order
About confidentiality orders
The Commission may make a confidentiality order if it thinks it is necessary. It may order that:
- all or part of a hearing is held in private
- the names and addresses of people appearing at a hearing cannot be published
- the release of certain evidence is prohibited or restricted
- publishing the Commission’s decision or reasons in a case is prohibited or restricted.
We do not provide access to recordings of confidential conferences.
How to request access
- send it to the chambers of the Member who heard the case
- send it to your nearest Commission office.
Note: A member of the public may apply to access a recording under the Freedom of Information Act 1982. Find out how to make an FOI request.
If we approve your request
When we agree to give you access, you will receive an email from Epiq, the company that manages our audio portal.
Epiq will give you a unique user name and password. Your access will expire after 6 months.
You can only play the recording through the Epiq website. You will not be able to find, stream or download any other audio recordings.
About audio recordings
Audio recordings enable the Commission to deal with matters it hears and to make transcripts. They also give an accurate record of proceedings so people can consider their appeal rights.
An audio recording is not an official record of the proceedings. If you ask for a written transcript of a recording, you may have to pay a fee.
We edit the recordings to remove ‘out of session’ portions, such as adjournments and periods before and after the proceedings close.