So said Queen Elizabeth I in a very early glimpse into English Civil Court proceedings. Should we therefore be heartened by a possible sign of things to come in the modern employment world, thanks to Lord Justice Briggs earlier this week?
Addressing the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators on 26 September, Briggs LJ told of his vision of a not-far distant world of online Civil Courts where mediation for sub-£25,000 cases was the new “cultural norm” and actual litigation (through costs, stress and delay) even more of a last resort than it already is.
Where the Civil Courts go the Employment Tribunals may follow, especially if it involves saving any money. Clearly the vast majority of Tribunal claims are for less than £25,000 and the introduction of fees is already recognised as constituting a deterrent to the bringing of claims in that forum. The last Annual Report of the Tribunal system also spoke of moving things online, a prospect it is impossible to greet with anything but utter trepidation.