Government intentions to reimburse parties

Following the Supreme Courts ruling in July that the introduction of employment tribunal fees by the government in 2013 was unlawful, the government stated its intention to put in place systems to reimburse parties who had to pay a fee. 

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) have now published initial details of the Employment Tribunal Fee Reimbursement Scheme.  The scheme will be through a phased implementation, HMCTS is initially writing to 1,000 eligible parties inviting them to apply for a reimbursement. 

The scheme is expected to be fully rolled out in four weeks time.  At this time parties who have paid a fee but who have not been invited to receive invitations from HMCTS can pre-register their interest in applying for reimbursement via email or past (Details of which are on the MoJ website). 

Successful reimbursement claims will also be entitled to receive interest on the fee that was paid.  The rate of which has been set is 0.5% and will be calculated from the date the fee was paid up until the refund date. 

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