Consultation on employment tribunal fees

Close date: 6 March 2012

The Government consults on proposals to require those who use the tribunal system to contribute to its costs. The proposals include two options: the first option consists of an initial fee to issue a claim and a further fee if the claim proceeds to a hearing; the second option, which does not cover the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), consists of one main charging point, which is an initial fee on issuing the claim and, if the claimant seeks an award of £30,000 or above, a higher fee is payable. Under both options, the party issuing the claim pays the fee, and the tribunal will have the power to order the unsuccessful party to reimburse the successful party. The fees will be waived for those who cannot afford to pay them. The Government proposes to introduce the fee system in 2013 or 2014, depending on the option implemented.
Consultation document: Charging fees in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (PDF format, 409K) (on the Ministry of Justice website)
Government response: Charging fees in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal (on the Ministry of Justice website)