In brief: The Lord Chancellor's Department

The Lord Chancellor's Department has announced a new set of fees for civil cases – to be introduced on 26 April and will coincide with the introduction of the Woolf Reforms. The new county court and High Court fees will be in line with the new civil procedure rules. The LCD says the fees will better reflect the cost of the service in civil, family and probate proceedings. Fee revenue is expected to rise 2.4 per cent in 1999/2000 – from £316.9m to £324.6m – to help meet the cost of civil proceedings.