6 April 2012
The maximum amount of a Deposit Order, which a tribunal can order a party to pay as a condition to continuing with Employment Tribunal claims, increased from £500 to £1,000.
The maximum amount of an order to pay costs to another party, which a tribunal may award in favour of a legally represented party, increased from £10,000 to £20,000.
Other changes in relation to Employment Tribunal procedures include
- Witness statements will no longer be read aloud by the witness, and are instead to be taken as read, unless the tribunal directs otherwise.
- Tribunals will have the power to direct that the parties themselves are responsible for paying witnesses' expenses and that the party who loses the case should reimburse the successful party for any such expenses already paid out.
- Employment judges will hear unfair dismissal cases alone in the Employment Tribunal and at the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), unless they direct otherwise