The Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure)
(Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/468), which amend the Employment Tribunal
Rules of Procedure, come into force on 6 April 2012. The amended procedural
rules will apply to cases submitted to an employment tribunal on or after 6
The changes brought in by the Regulations are that:
- the maximum deposit that a tribunal may order a party to pay as a
condition of continuing with tribunal proceedings, where it determines that
the contentions put forward by that party have little reasonable prospect of
succeeding, increases from £500 to £1,000;
- witness statements are to be taken as read, unless the tribunal directs
- employment judges can direct that a party makes a payment to a witness in
respect of the costs of attending a tribunal hearing, and the losing party can
be ordered to reimburse the winning party for any such costs that have already
been paid out; and
- the maximum amount of a costs order that a tribunal may award in favour of
a legally represented party increases from £10,000 to £20,000.
The draft Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition)
Order 2012, which is also due to come into force on 6 April 2012, provides that
employment judges will sit alone when hearing unfair dismissal claims unless
they direct otherwise.
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