The number of outstanding employment tribunal cases has reached its highest level since the scrapping of tribunal fees in July 2017 and, according to new analysis, is likely to rise even further given the pressures on the system.
There were 23,700 outstanding cases in the system from July 2018 to September 2018, an increase of 77% on the same period in 2017.
The research (based on HM Courts & Tribunal Service’s records) also found tribunals received 36,900 claims in the year ending September 2018, an 88% increase on the 19,600 claims from the year before.
These figures back up anecdotal evidence that the system is struggling, with some cases lasting over 12 months. Such lengthy delays are problematic, not only causing unnecessary stress and aggravation to any organisations involved but also increased costs from engaging legal representation.
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