Increase in court fees for legal actions

By Richard Lester

After the implementation of the Civil Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2014, the government has decided to increase a number of the court fees payable from 22 April 2014.

For legal action to be effective, it relies on the existence of a fully effective court system where all users will benefit from the whole court infrastructure — even if their case is resolved quickly. Following a consultation, the government’s new approach to apportioning costs will ensure all court users make a fair contribution towards the indirect costs of running the courts, reflecting the way the courts operate today and in the future.

The fact that higher fees would be passed on to the debtor was highlighted in some consultation responses. The government considered it appropriate to recover the cost of these proceedings through fees, and as such it is unavoidable that the higher fees will be transferred to the losing party in the form of costs. If a creditor incurs those costs through being forced to pursue a case to the courts, it is just that they should be expected to be met by the debtor…

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