The Ministry of Justice has published the annual tribunal statistics for the year ended 31 March 2012 on 32 separate tribunals, including the employment tribunals. The report reveals that:
- employment tribunals received a total of 186,300 claims in 2011-12, 15% less than 2010-11. The number of single claims has shown a steady downward trend in recent years, with the number of multiple claims being more erratic, most likely due to the economic climate (with a 19% decrease on last year);
- there were, on average, 1.73 grounds of complaint per claim (this figure is generally increasing);
- the number of disposals (which includes ACAS conciliations and withdrawn cases) was down 10% at around 110,800. 12% of disposals of were as a result of success at tribunal;
- the outstanding caseload for single claims fell by seven percent (continuing a downward trend since 2009-10) but rose by 13% for multiple claims;
- 75% of single claims disposed of in 2011-12 were 32 weeks old or less (i.e. from date of receipt to date of final judgment/disposal).
Separate statistics for employment tribunals and the EAT are expected to be published in September 2012.