Workplace Relations Commission

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A recent Supreme Court decision was made regarding constitutionality of the Workplace Relations Commission procedures.  The applicant Mr. Tomas Zalewski claimed that the WRC was unconstitutional in so far it administered justice in the State.  He claimed that the WRC procedures were unfair because they did not allow for public hearings.  The Supreme Court held that the WRC was engaged in the administration of justice in the State.  It held the requirement for all WRC hearings to be held in private was inconsistent with the constitution.  The Court also noted the importance of enhanced independence for adjudication offices and the importance of cross examination.  This is an interesting decision that will have a lasting effect as to the working of the Workplace Relations Commission.