Court Fees

An update on court fee increases

An update on court fee increases

In the Government’s July 2015 consultation response, the intention to proceed with further proposals to increase court and tribunal fees was announced.

Consistent with this, on the 15 February 2016, Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service confirmed that it anticipates a number of court fee changes, which are expected to come into effect next month, March 2016.

Although the changes are still subject to formal Parliamentary approval, the fee increases are expected to include:

Government's Response to the Consultation on further Fee Proposals

Government's Response to the Consultation on further Fee Proposals

In July 2015, the Government proposed its intention to increase court fees again following the steep rises to court fees which came into effect in March 2015.  Following a consultation, concluded in September 2015, the Government have confirmed that although some changes will take place the full proposals will not be implemented at this stage.

In particular:

•Fee increases will be implemented across the range of civil proceedings (including enforcement proceedings, determination of costs proceedings and civil business in the Magistrates Courts); 

Government announces another round of Civil Court fee rises

Government announces another round of Civil Court fee rises

Despite previous consultations regarding increases to court fees receiving overwhelming opposition, the Government has announced its intention to implement another round of civil court fee increases and launch a consultation regarding further civil court and tribunal changes.

In its paper ‘The Government response to consultation on enhanced fees for divorce proceedings, possession claims, and general applications in civil proceedings and Consultation on further fees proposals’, published on 22 July, the Government stated that it intends to increase Civil Court fees for: 

Court Fee Increases - Law Society rule out Judicial Review

Court Fee Increases - Law Society rule out Judicial Review

It was reported that the Law Society had escalated its fight against the new court fees payable on commencing civil legal proceedings, by delivering a pre-action protocol letter of claim on 23 February 2015. In some cases, the applicable fee increases equal a rise of 600%. The Law Society’s pre-action protocol letter was the precursor, if necessary, of the Law Society beginning formal court proceedings to seek Judicial Review of the introduction of the ‘enhanced fees’, which the Law Society claimed would be tantamount to selling justice contrary to the principles of Magna Carta.

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