A consultation has been launched by the Ministry of Justice on whether to merge the Courts service and the Tribunals service to create one single organisation. The new organisation would include the Employment Tribunals service and the Employment Appeal Tribunal. The proposed name of such organisation is ‘Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service’. The legal processes and procedures will not change as the focus is on unification of administrative and management functions.
The Ministry of Justice insists that a unified service would bring about significant benefits including greater efficiency in administration and reduced costs. The consultation ends in late February 2011.