October 2015

UK Parliament’s Justice Committee’s Inquiry into Courts and Tribunals fees and charges

Our Administrative Justice committee submitted evidence to the Inquiry.  The committee restricted its response as to the effect of the introduction of employment tribunal fees in the Scottish court system.  We highlighted the reduction of 80% in employment tribunal claims since the introduction of the fees, and set out our views on the reasons for the drop, including but not limited to the high levels at which the fees have been set, placing the onus on the employee to pay the fees upfront and a complex, inflexible and inefficient system of fee remission. 

The introduction of these fees now means that employment tribunals are one of the most expensive routes to resolving disputes, and this can be seen by comparing sheriff court fees to employment tribunal fees in Scotland.

Our full briefing is available on our website