Employment tribunals and courts

Jeya Thiruchelvam

Editor's message: For a number of years now, claimants wishing to pursue a claim in the employment tribunal have been required to pay a fee to issue a claim and a further fee if the claim proceeds to a final hearing. The level of fee payable depends on the nature and complexity of the claim. Since the introduction of fees the number of tribunal claims being pursued has fallen dramatically and internal dispute resolution procedures have assumed greater importance.

The Tribunal Service’s annual statistics highlight the dramatic nature of the fall in claims. The number of unfair dismissal claims fell from 49,036 in 2012/13 to 13,000 in 2015/16. The number of claims for redundancy pay fell from 12,748 to 3,845 in the same period.

Other changes include the launch of a database of online employment tribunal decisions in England, Wales and Scotland. Employment tribunal decisions were not previously available online.

Jeya Thiruchelvam, senior employment law editor

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