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Tribunal decisions go online

In June 2016, HM Courts & Tribunals Service announced its decision to introduce an online database of employment tribunal decisions. It is believed that the new database, which is due to begin in Autumn 2016, will comprise judgments from England, Wales and Scotland.

It is understood that the database will initially only catalogue new judgments. No decision has been made on adapting existing judgments so that they to can be found in the database. At present, paper copies of English and Welsh employment tribunal judgements can be found at Bury St Edmunds, whilst Scottish judgements are held in Glasgow.

It is hoped that the new online database will be a handy resource for those involved in HR and employment law as they will help to show how tribunals have considered certain legal arguments and issues. However, It is worth remembering that employment tribunals are not bound by their own decisions. Yet they still provide persuasive authority on how future decisions should be reached. Employment law cases decided by the Court of Appeal and Employment Appeal Tribunal (which do bind the lower courts) are already available via BAILII and the EAT online service.