Catalogue description Employment Appeal Tribunal: Decisions

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Reference: LE 10
Title: Employment Appeal Tribunal: Decisions

This series contains decisions of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (UKEAT).

These decisions are written and handed down (issued) by tribunal judges at the conclusion of cases. They typically include significant detail about the facts of the cases and the reasons for the decisions reached.

As of 2022, decisions are typically created as Microsoft Word documents. These are transformed into the XML format LegalDocML for publication online. For a small proportion of judgments, supporting documents, such as orders or press summaries, also exist.

Published decisions are available at

Date: From 2021
Related material:

For files and registers of earlier Employment Appeal Tribunal cases, see Division within J

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: UKEAT
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Employment Appeal Tribunal, 1975-

Physical description: digital record(s)
Restrictions on use: Published tribunal decisions are made available by the direction of the tribunal judges. They can be used under the terms and conditions of the Open Justice Licence.
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

In 2021 British and Irish Legal Information Institute

From 2022 Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service

Custodial history: From Spring 2022 onwards, tribunals have begun to transfer decisions directly to The National Archives in digital form. A set of earlier decisions was supplied by BAILII in Autumn 2021; this included both decisions supplied directly to BAILII by the tribunal and decisions obtained from other sources.
Selection and destruction information: All tribunal decisions and, where applicable, supporting documents transferred to The National Archives are selected for permanent preservation.
Accruals: The National Archives receives and publishes tribunal decisions on an ongoing basis.
Administrative / biographical background:

The Employment Appeal Tribunal was established as a superior court of record given jurisdiction by section 88 of the Employment Protection Act 1975 to hear appeals on questions of law from decisions of industrial tribunals in England and Wales or in Scotland. Since 2011, it has been administered by HM Courts and Tribunals Service. As well as handling appeals against decisions made by the Employment Tribunal it also hears appeals and applications about decisions made by the Trades Union Certification Officer and the Central Arbitration Committee.

Many tribunal decisions have been routinely published on the tribunals' websites. Decisions have also been re-published by legal publishers. The British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII), founded in 2000, became one of the largest and most popular sources of freely-available case law information.

In June 2021, the Ministry of Justice made a policy announcement that The National Archives was to store, preserve and publish court judgments and tribunal decisions for England and Wales. An Alpha version of the publication service was launched in April 2022.

The Open Justice Licence was created in 2022 to support the re-use of information from published case law.

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