Concern at proposals for increases to Court fees

Fiona Woodall, Student Member of the Institute of Chartered Legal Executives Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, discusses the Government proposals to generate more income through the Court System by the increase of Court fees for many Civil Litigation matters.

Fiona said “Among matters included in the consultation, it is proposed that fees for Possession Claims issued by a Landlord or Mortgage lender in the County Court in paper format should be increased from £280.00 to £355.00 and claims issued on the Possession Claims Online (PCOL) facility be increased from £250.00 to £325.00.

Further, Court fees on medium and high value money claims of £10,000.00 and above could be increased from the current fees to that 5% of the total amount claimed in the proceedings.  For example a claim for £25,000.00 may cost £1,250.00 to issue – up from that of £675.00.”

Fiona concluded “These increases represent a large value increase in the cost of issuing a claim in the Courts, and there is concern that any increase may deter people from pursuing claims.”

For further information about the consultation, please visit the Ministry of Justice website.

In the Dispute Resolution Department at Astle Paterson, we always attempt to achieve settlement for our clients outside the Court process wherever possible.

Should you be involved in a dispute then please contact us on 01283 531366 or by email at – we would be happy to advise you on the most cost effective methods of resolving your dispute.

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