The Supreme Court is hearing a case from Unison arguing that the government should not be able to impose fees on employment tribunals.
Since the overhaul in legal aid and fees for court cases came into force in 2013, there have been huge rises in the costs of bringing a claim against an employer. Naturally, this has led to many people not bringing their case, or choosing to represent themselves as litigants in person - in turn causing delays to the system and making the tribunal process slower.
We are waiting to hear the outcome of the government's consultation on fees but those concerned about access to justice will be watching this hearing closely over the next few days.
A legal battle over whether the government can impose fees for employment tribunals will be heard in the Supreme Court. After fees were introduced in July 2013, those who wish to bring their employer to tribunal have had to stump up costs of as much as £1,200 and case numbers have fallen by 70 per cent since then, according to Unison, which is bringing the case. The Supreme Court hearing, which is expected to last two days, will mark the latest step in a three-and-a-half year legal battle for the union. Unison's case was first heard in the High Court in October 2013 and then by the Court of Appeal in April 2015. However, its claims were unsuccessful in the lower courts.