The Senior President of the Tribunals has published his Annual Report.
The following points are relevant to employment practitioners:-
- last year was the 50th anniversary of the establishment of employment tribunals;
- at pages 97-100 of the report, there is a very good summary of the interesting cases of the year;
- employment tribunals lost a number of salaried employment judges through retirement, but there was no recruitment of salaried or fee-paid judges to replace them, leading to a reduction in judicial numbers
- the number of EAT appeals last year was about 45% of those pre-fees (July 2013)
- a drop in the last six years from 60% of EAT litigants being professionally represented, to just 40% being professionally represented
- various options arising from devolution of the Scottish employment tribunal system are set out.