Judgment No. 599
THE COMPLAINT IS DISMISSED.
In this case "the criticisms are carefully and moderately phrased. Whether or not they are justified, it is not suggested that they do not express the honest opinion of the reporting officer." The decision to retain the report's original wording is "within the President's discretion and moreover within an area of his discretion in which the Tribunal does not normally entertain complaints. It is essential to the value of an appraisal report that the reporter should be granted great freedom of expression."
work appraisal; performance report; judicial review; discretion
"It is essential to the value of an appraisal report that the reporter should be granted great freedom of expression. Normally, if there be any errors of judgement on his part, they can be sufficiently remedied by the incorporation in the report of the staff member's point of view."
performance report; rebuttal