Tribunal Service enjoys busy first year

•The Government’s Tribunal Service has dealt with almost 600,000 cases in its first full year, its annual report has revealed. The majority of cases were appeals in relation to social security and child support, which accounted for more than 40 per cent of cases (254,000). Asylum and immigration rulings also made up a sizeable portion of total cases at 166,000, while employment claims and tribunals amounted to 100,000 cases. The annual report claims that waiting times for hearings in these areas were shorter than before the Tribunal Service came into being in April 2006. Peter Handcock, the service’s chief executive, said the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) agency was committed to delivering a real transformation in tribunals without compromising the existing service on which people depend. The MoJ set up the Tribunal Service while it was still the Department for Constitutional Affairs. The government department’s aim was to unify the administration of the tribunals system.