Increased court fees from 9 March 2015
Solicitor, Veale Wasbrough Vizards
The government's plans to increase court fees in the civil courts have now been implemented with effect from 9 March 2015.
Specified money cases, which are now issued in the civil courts and valued at over £10,000, will be subject to a court fee of 5% of the value of the claim. A maximum fee to issue proceedings will be set at £10,000, which will also apply to money claims of an unspecified value.
There will be no change to fees for claims less than £10,000 and there are currently no changes to the fees in employment tribunals.
It has been confirmed that the old fee structure applies to claims received on or before Friday 6 March 2015, even if issued after 9 March 2015.
The fee increase is part of the Ministry of Justice's attempt to reduce the costs of the court system on the taxpayer. The government previously consulted on this proposal and it was originally understood that the changes would be implemented on or after 22 April 2015.
The Law Society, other legal professional bodies and judges have condemned the changes as a threat to access to justice and the decision may be challenged through the courts.
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