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The Ministry of Justice has this week published its latest set of quarterly tribunal statistics, which confirm the continued decline in the number of claims presented in the Employment Tribunal (ET).
The statistics reveal that 61% fewer single claims were received in the period from July to September, compared with the same period of 2013. The statistics also show that 401 multiple claims cases were presented by 9,360 individuals. While the trend in multiple claims cases is more volatile due to a comparatively small number of cases involving a large number of litigants, the number of multiple claims cases has similarly been falling over the last few quarters, from around 1,000 in the same period last year.
Employment tribunals disposed of 16,902 claims during July to September 2014, which is 28% lower than the same period in 2013. The number of disposals of single claims decreased by 62%.
Although the number of single claims has declined compared with the same period a year ago, the number of claims received increased by 12% on the previous quarter, which is putting a stop to criticism that the introduction of the tribunal fee regime is hindering access to justice.
There has also been breaking news this week that Unison's judicial review application, challenging the legality of employment tribunal fees, has been dismissed by the High Court. We will report further on the reasons for this in due course.
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