The Ministry of Justice has announced that court fees in the County Court and High Court will rise (in most instances) from 22 April 2014.
For money claims up to £1,500 the fees for issuing claims will stay the same. However, for money claims exceeding £1,500 in value there will be rises across the board and in some cases the increase will be as much as 81%.
Take for example a claim worth between £5,000 and £10,000 the court issue fee will rise from £245 to £445.
For landlords, court fees for issuing claims for possession will rise from £175 to £280.
The government is trying to reduce the cost burden of the Civil Justice system on taxpayers. However, we strongly believe that having access to justice is a fundamental part of any civilised society. It is a key feature of a democratic society that its citizens should have civil rights and they should have access to justice if those rights are infringed.