A number of court and tribunal fee increases came into effect today. You can read the Statutory Instrument and the Explanatory Memorandum now. The SI makes a number of changes to the fees charged in the courts and tribunals.
Lord Dyson, Master of the Rolls, revealed his concerns about enhanced court fees impeding access to justice when he appeared before the Justice Committee yesterday, 26 January 2016, in connection with its inquiry into courts and tribunals fees and charges. Court fees must not impede access to justice Lord Dyson emphasised that access to justice was… Read More…
The government has published its response to the proposals to increase court and tribunal fees. It provides that existing fees are set to rise on average by 10% alongside the introduction of new fees. No date has yet been given for the rises on the basis that parliamentary time will be required to introduce them through statutory instrument.
The Ministry of Justice yesterday (22 July 2015) proposed further increases for issuing money claims with the maximum fee likely to be at least £20,000. This follows on from increases brought into force in March 2015 which saw the maximum fee for issuing a claim rise to £10,000, amid much controversy. The new increases will only affect claims for £200,000 or more. The MoJ also confirmed that it will increase court fees for issuing general applications and possession claims.
Parties should consider whether any impending claims can be issued this week to avoid the increase in court fees which looks likely to come into force this coming Monday, 9 March.
From Monday 9 March 2015, the court fees that claimants have to pay will increase substantially, in some cases by almost 600%, only five days after the House of Lords rubber-stamped the controversial measures. Catherine Baksi speaks to Keith Etherington, civil litigation solicitor at Slater & Gordon and Law Society council member for civil litigation, who has some advice and words of warning for lawyers seeking to beat the fee hike before the deadline runs out.
Further to our recent post regarding the MOJ pressing ahead with increase to court fees, Gordon Exall, barrister at Zenith Chambers and author of Munkman on Damages for Personal Injuries and Death, considers the impact of the proposed increases.
Despite concern expressed by the Civil Justice Council, the Lord Chief Justice and the Law Society, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it is to press ahead with its proposals to increase court fees in cases over £10,000 in value, following its consultation ‘Court fees: proposals for reform’.
The Court fees schedule has been amended yet again by the Civil Proceedings Fees (Amendment No 3) Order 2014, SI 2014/2059. These amendments correct the previous amendments to the schedule by SI 2014/1834 (see our post here). Both SI 2014/1834 and SI 2014/2059 come into force today – Monday 4 August 2014. The combined effect… Read More…
The Court fees schedule has been amended by the Civil Proceedings Fees (Amendment No 2) Order 2014, SI 2014/1834, to address two incorrect fees. The amendments will come into force on 4 August 2014. SI 2014/1834 amends the Court fees schedule, contained in Sch 1 to the Civil Proceedings Fees Order 2008, SI 2008/1053. These amendments are… Read More…