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Recruiting more Judges to tackle Employment Tribunal waiting lists
It is no secret that the tribunal system has been struggling to keep up with an increase in cases since fees were found to be unlawful by the Supreme Court in July 2017. And the statistics show that new cases brought by individuals almost doubled in the first full quarter of data since fees were abolished, increasing by 90% in the three months to December 2017 when compared with the same quarter the previous year.

In many areas employees and employers are facing long waiting lists and in some Tribunals there is a wait of over a year for a cases to be heard. The Judicial Appointments Commission has therefore started a recruitment campaign to take on 54 new judges in a bid to tackle a backlog of cases in the employment tribunal system. According to the latest data from the Ministry of Justice the average time to deal with a case is now 26 weeks for single cases, compared with a target of 20 weeks.

It appears that the courts have not recruited new employment judges for more than five years. and when fees were introduced in 2013 there was a sharp drop in cases, so many judges were allowed to retire or able to sit in other courts. The new judges are expected to take up their positions in 2019, so it will be a while before the impact will be felt.
Posted on 25 Jun 2018

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