A faster, evidence-based system akin to small-claims courts where claimants and respondents turn up and are subject to enquiry from the employment judge, with power to make final opr preliminary rulings, order production of further evidence and certify very complicated cases as suitable for trial in the High Court

Why is this idea important?

Because the time, cost and complexity of employment tribunal hearings is undermining their objective of providing access to justice for employees and being replaced by a precedent-based, caselaw-driven system where the focus is on technical rights but the basis of virtually all awards is financial compensation rather than the righting of wrongs. It is a sledgehammer to crack a nut.

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