Employment tribunal fees had made access to justice unaffordable, justices say

Employment tribunal fees introduced in July 2013 by way of statutory instrument have been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court in a decision taking the government back to basic principles about the rule of law and access to justice.

“For the fees to be lawful, they have to be set at a level that everyone can afford, taking into account the availability of full or partial remission,” the court said. “The evidence now before the court, considered realistically and as a whole, leads to the conclusion that that requirement is not met.”

The fees were brought in during Chris Graylin...

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