Council QC puts the boot in

28th August 1998 at 01:00
AS the ruling of the industrial tribunal in the case of the Educational Institute of Scotland versus South Lanarkshire Council is keenly awaited, we recall an unusual happenstance at the hearing last month which shows that tribunals can sometimes be called on to adjudicate even before they convene.

The education authorities' lawyer, Ian Truscott, QC (he especially asked us to include those letters because he worked hard to earn them), was accompanied by a state of the art laptop computer. While he was setting it up, the tribunal secretary said she would have to check if this was permissible.

Truscott explained that he was now of an age when carrying four volumes of files was a bit of a burden and he would be happy to contribute to the costs of the tribunal's electricity bill if requested.

On the only note of agreement of the day between the two sides, Malcolm McKay, the EIS brief, offered no objection as he was intrigued to see how the technology would be used.

Permission was eventually forthcoming and the hearing got under way.

So it was a case of the IT giving the OK to IT's IT.


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