13 January 2012
Employment tribunals down last year, govt reveals
The number of employment tribunal cases taking place in the UK declined between July and September last year, new official figures have shown.
According to data published by the Ministry of Justice, some 40,300 instances of grievances on the grounds of issues such as unfair dismissal and discrimination happened throughout this three month timeframe in 2011.
This represents a fall of 30 per cent on the number recorded one year previously, with the majority of this trend being attributable to the fact that cases involving multiple participants fell by 41 per cent.
Meanwhile, single and multiple case closures dipped by four per cent and 27 per cent respectively over this period.
Jonathan Djanogly, courts minister, believes such statistics are indicative of the fact that the current justice system in Britain is too time-consuming, which is why a "comprehensive reform programme" is now underway.
In addition, Mr Djanogly stated that mediation should be used more often, with the "technology, processes and ways of working" in the "civil, family and criminal" arenas all needing reform.
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Posted by Chris Stevenson