The Houses of Parliament have given final approval for the removal of lay members from Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) cases.
Up until now the EAT has comprised of a judge and lay members but under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (the latest Bill to be enacted) all EAT cases are to be heard by a judge alone, unless a judge directs otherwise or where the Lord Chancellor orders that certain proceedings should be heard by a panel.
Just as the current Government have slowly edged out lay magistrates from the justice system this government is casting away the constitutional safeguards that have protected us all from the excesses of the state: and that includes the Judiciary, Parliamane and Government.
As always, the Government argues that by reducing the role of lay members in the EAT, the Government is cutting costs, however, critics fear that the quality of decision-making will deteriorate in their absence and tribunals will become more legalistic. This change will apply to any EAT hearings that start on or after 25 June 2013.
I am left wondering who in Government is driving these changes and pushing power away from the individual and back into state paid employees and why?