Updated: Nov 20, 2020
“I was delighted to see today that we recovered 4/5 Awards which were returned to the Ministry of Justice in our quarterly statistics. In fact, the figure would have been 5/5 except that one of the Awards, Enforcement of Employment Tribunal Awards, employment solicitor, Employment Appeal Tribunal award was issued against a company which didn’t actually exist so we couldn’t follow through on the enforcement.
Payment of Tribunal Awards
The awards totalled £13,701.59 and we recovered £12,165.54 for the Judgment Creditors. I am pleased about this because over the years, having given court users a fast track to Enforcement of Arbitration Awards through the High Court system, there have been plenty of mutterings about whether this was a good move. It does annoy me that Government or commentators on enforcement always want to knock a good idea without looking at the data.
So our results this quarter are the real data that the Government has actually had every quarter but you never hear anything about. Its as if all the figures get sucked into Petty France but nobody then wants to publicly talk about them. Certainly, that’s how it seems with the MOJ and the performance of High Court Enforcement, County Court Enforcement. And of course, it’s a pity because this is the sort of data Government should be highlighting instead of how many sheets of paper it has saved in its digital transformation project!
When talking about enforcement it is always important to discuss the data – and make progress on developing data to support the enforcement function. For the civil enforcement, figures Government should be compiling data both for county court bailiffs, sheriffs, court officers and HCEOs. Frankly, the Government could and should be doing more”.