Employment Tribunals Service

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Labour), Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of time was for employment tribunal claims to reach their first hearing in 2018.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) can only provide data for the period 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018.

The average length of time for employment tribunal claims to reach their first hearing from 1 April 2018 to 30 September 2018 is:

Single claims1 30 weeks

All claims2 31 weeks

HMCTS has been working with the tribunal’s judiciary to appoint additional judges to increase the capacity and performance of the tribunal. We expect a further 54 salaried employment judges to take up positions from April 2019 onwards.

1 Single claims are made by a sole employee/worker, relating to alleged breaches of employment rights.

2 Multiple claims are where two or more people bring proceedings arising out of the same facts, usually against a common employer. In this instance the lead multiple claim would be listed for hearing. This information provides the average length of time for both single and lead multiple claim cases.

3 A claim may contain one or more jurisdictional complaints (grounds for the claim). Depending upon the complexity of the jurisdiction this may influence the listing of such claims.

4 All data were taken from the Employment Tribunals Central database and as such is management information that is provisional and subject to change.

Although care is taken when processing and analysing the data, the details are subject to inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system, and are the best data available.

5 “Data Source: Employment Tribunal Central database”.

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