The House of Commons Justice Select Committee has
published its report on courts and tribunals fees this morning (20 June
The terms of reference for the report were to consider the
impact of increased court fees and the introduction of employment tribunal fees
on access to justice. The report sets out a detailed legislative history of
tribunal and civil court fees and the mechanisms by which remission can be
sought in the various courts and tribunals.
In sum, the report is damning about the effects of fees on
access to justice, in particular on access to employment tribunals for those
with meritorious cases.
Some of the key points in the report as it related to
For those of us in the employment
tribunals on a day-to-day basis, there is much to be welcomed in this report.
We may welcome it, but will the government do anything about it? That looks
unlikely. As noted, it is still to publish its own report on the effects of
tribunal fees and this, of all weeks, is an excellent one for any government
seeking to bury an embarrassing select committee report.
Summary by Grahame Anderson.