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'Increases on this scale will have a detrimental impact on a number of court users, affecting individuals and businesses alike. There is likely to be a disproportionately adverse impact on small and medium enterprises and litigants in person. It needs to be borne in mind that while the court fee normally represents a relatively small proportion of total litigation costs it has to be paid up front and in full; whereas for individuals and smaller businesses the funding of cases is often after the event, post judgment.'The financial imperative remains, to increase income to the courts via the court fees. The measures the Government intends to implement are expected to contribute an estimated £120m per annum of additional income.
'If we are to reduce the costs of the courts to the taxpayer, and protect access to justice, I am convinced that there is no alternative but to look to those who use the courts to contribute more, where they can afford to do so...The consultation, Court fees: proposals for reform, and related documents is available to download here.
These measures will deliver an estimated £120 million in additional income, with every pound retained by the courts to invest in delivering a better service for those who use them.'
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