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Judgment No. 4719


The complaint is dismissed.


The complainant challenges his appraisal report for 2015.

Judgment keywords


performance report; rating; complaint dismissed

Consideration 7


The complainant’s claim [...] to be awarded such other relief as the Tribunal deems just, fair and equitable is too vague to be receivable (see, for example, Judgments 4602, consideration 8, and 550, consideration 10).


ILOAT Judgment(s): 550, 4602


claim; formal requirements

Consideration 11


Regarding the complainant’s challenge to the substantive aspects of his 2015 appraisal report, it is convenient to recall the following statement which the Tribunal made in Judgment 4564, consideration 3, concerning the limited power of review that it exercises in the matter of staff appraisals:
“[A]ssessment of an employee’s merit during a specified period involves a value judgement; for this reason, the Tribunal must recognise the discretionary authority of the bodies responsible for conducting such an assessment. Of course, it must ascertain whether the ratings given to the employee have been determined in full conformity with the rules, but it cannot substitute its own opinion for assessment made by these bodies of the qualities, performance and conduct of the person concerned. The Tribunal will therefore intervene only if the staff report was drawn up without authority or in breach of a rule of form or procedure, if it was based on an error of law or fact, if a material fact was overlooked, if a plainly wrong conclusion was drawn from the facts, or if there was abuse of authority.”
In Judgment 4637, having recalled that statement, the Tribunal observed, in consideration 13, that:
“Since the Tribunal’s power of review does not extend to determining as such whether appraisals are well founded, the fact that the Appraisals Committee’s power of review is itself confined to assessing whether an appraisal report is arbitrary or discriminatory does not affect the Tribunal’s power of review, which continues to be exercised on the same terms as previously.”


ILOAT Judgment(s): 4564, 4637


rating; discretion; role of the tribunal

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