Employment Tribunal Update

-        Employment Tribunal fees were abolished on 26 July 2017 and, since then, there has been a significant increase in the numbers of claims submitted.

The most recent statistics issued by the Ministry of Justice (relating to the period July to September 2018) indicate a 165% increase in single claims being issued (it would take a 200% increase to return to pre-fee levels).

-        The minutes of the September 2018 National Employment Tribunals User Group Meeting record that at least one tribunal is listing longer cases as far away as 2020. We understand that it is being reported on Twitter that Croydon and Manchester Employment Tribunals are listing longer hearings in 2021.

It is hoped that these delays will be alleviated, at least in part, as new salaried and fee-paid employment judges are appointed over the next year or so.

-        We understand that the Courts & Tribunals Service is considering testing video hearings for case management and for final hearings in simple Employment Tribunal cases. It is also considering introducing new sophisticated booking arrangements for judges, hearing rooms and cases.

Watch this space!