Employment Tribunals are made up of a panel of three people. The Employment Judge (formerly Chairman) is legally qualified and he sits with two lay members – one from “each side of the fence” i.e. one with an employer/business background and one with a union background. From 1 December 2008 the length of post qualification experience to qualify for consideration as an Employment Judge reduced from 7 years’ post qualification (PQE) to 5 years’ PQE.
The length of PQE for other judicial appointments has also been reduced. Those appointments that previously required 10 years’ PQE now only require 7 years’ PQE.