Personnel Today - 14 May 2019
The shortage of full-time judges has led to a 71% increase in the amount the Ministry of Justice spends on part-time resource, from £3.9 million in 2016/17 to £6.6 million in 2017/18. Only 80 full-time salaried employment judges were on the MoJ’s payroll in 2017/18, compared with 1,181 part-time judges.
The tribunal system has been struggling to cope with the influx of cases since the Supreme Court ruled employment tribunal fees were unlawful in 2017. The number of outstanding cases in the final quarter of 2018 had risen by 53% compared with the previous year, alongside a 23% increase in the number of new claims received.
Law firm GQ Littler, which obtained the figures from the MoJ, said bringing in more part-time judges will do little to reduce the delays that many claimants and employers experience in getting their cases heard, as they will usually only deal with case management and shorter, less complicated hearings.
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