CAFCASS has had six employment tribunals within the last five years. There were no employment tribunals prior to 2007. During 2007-08 there were four employment tribunals and during 2008-09 there were two. None of these tribunals were settled in the employee's favour and none of these involved redundancy payments.
At the end of December 2008, CAFCASS had a backlog of 414 public law cases and 1,979 private law reports. The size of backlogs is influenced by levels of demand which, in December, were unusually high for public law cases.
CAFCASS attempts to allocate all care and supervision cases within two working days of receipt, and has achieved this on 73 per cent. of cases received between April and December 2008, against a key performance indicator of 65 per cent. for this financial year.
CAFCASS aims to complete all cases within timescales agreed by local courts for filing all types of report and case analysis. CAFCASS does not have an estimate of the time necessary to deal with the backlogs as this depends on the circumstances of individual cases. CAFCASS is working with its statutory partners in the family justice system to keep all backlogs and delays to a minimum.