The £75 fee charged for taking out a domestic violence injunctions is to be abolished from 22 April, the government has announced.
The fee is currently charged for non-molestation and occupation orders. The former are legal orders prohibiting certain behaviour in order to protect the applicant and any children of the former relationship. Occupation orders, meanwhile, prohibit one party from entering or approaching a house or property for a period of time, even if they are the legal owners.
Around 20,000 applications for such orders were made in 2012, Family Law reports.
Meanwhile, there will be an increase in the fees payable for financial claims, up to a maximum of £1,920.
Conservative MP Shailesh Vara is Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice. He said:
“We have one of the best legal systems in the world and we are making sure our courts are properly resourced so that they can continue to build on their excellent reputation.”
“…we are scrapping the fee for domestic violence injunctions to make sure there are no unnecessary barriers between people and the help they need. And people who cannot afford court fees do not have to pay – they can apply for waivers using the means-tested remissions system.”