Afolabi v Southwark London Borough Council: CA 24 Jan 2003

The claimant applied for leave to bring an action for race discrimination nine years after the acts complained of. Leave was granted. The respondent said the tribunal should have heard the complaint first before deciding to extend time.
Held: The discretion given was to act as the tribunal thought just and equitable. There was no checklist to be gone through. Each party would be equally disadvantaged by the delay, and the tribunal’s decision was not wrong in law.
Peter Gibson LJ, with whom Sedley and Rix LJJ agreed on this issue, said: ‘Nor do I accept that the ET erred in not going through the matters listed in s. 33(3) of the 1980 Act. Parliament limited the requirement to consider those matters to actions relating to personal injuries and death. Whilst I do not doubt the utility of considering such a checklist (or that in CPR 3.9(1)) in many cases, I do not think it can be elevated into a requirement on the ET to go through such a list in every case, provided of course that no significant factor has been left out of account by the ET in exercising its discretion.’
Peter Gibson, Sedley and Rix LJJ
Times 30-Jan-2003, Gazette 20-Mar-2003, [2003] EWCA Civ 15, [2003] IRLR 220, [2003] ICR 800
Race Relations Act 1976 68(1)(a), Limitation Act 1980 33
England and Wales
Appeal fromAfolabi v Southwark EAT 8-Mar-2002
EAT Race Discrimination – Direct. . .
CitedRegina v Lancashire County Council ex parte Huddleston CA 1986
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Updated: 06 April 2021; Ref: scu.181189