When lawsuits over employment disputes go to trial in France’s Labor Court trials, the parties usually submit proof to prosecute or defend the allegations. But by what standard do the Labor Courts determine the admissibility of the evidence presented?
Under French law, the principle is that all evidence in civil trials is acceptable. However, that assumes that the evidence is lawful, meaning it must have been obtained and used fairly at all stages. If a party cannot demonstrate to the Court that it collected and used the evidence lawfully, the evidence will be ruled inadmissible from the proceedings.
Evidence obtained clandestinely or by invading an employee’s privacy often come under scrutiny.