Employment Tribunals Service

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 18th May 2023.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Future of Work), Shadow Minister (Business and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many unpaid (a) employment tribunal awards and (b) ACAS settlements were passed to High Court Enforcement Officers in each financial year since 2010-11; and how many of those unpaid awards and settlements (i) have been fully enforced; (ii) could not be enforced and (iii) remain unresolved.

Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

Proceedings to enforce Employment Tribunal awards can be issued in the Kings Bench Division of the High Court. These proceedings take the form of a writ of control which is then forwarded to a High Court Enforcement officer to enforce.

The number of writs that have been issued in the King’s Bench Division for the calendar years 2019 to 2021 is as follows:

  • 2019 – 32

  • 2020 – 7

  • 2021 – 22

The figures provided form a subset of the writs of fifa (also known as writs of control) which are published publish in table 4.6 of the RCJ publication found here. Data up to the end of 2022 will be published on 1st June so is subject to pre-release protocol. We can only provide the data up to 2021 on this occasion

Data from 2010 to 2018 is not available. Kings Bench Division records do not distinguish between awards made at the end of Tribunal Proceedings and those cases that settled during the process. The High Court is not notified of the outcome of writs sent to High Court Enforcement Officers for enforcement.

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