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Ministry of Justice proposes court fee rises

The Ministry of Justice has launched a consultation into the possibility of substantially raising court fees.

Under the proposals, the maximum fee payable for financial claims, such as those arising in a divorce settlement, would double to £20,000. Currently, a fee of five per cent on the amount claimed is payable, but to a maximum of just £10,000. A ten per cent increase in the fees payable in other civil cases is also proposed.

In a letter to the chair of the Commons Justice Committee, Justice Minister Shailesh Vara insisted that the courts must play their part in a “national effort” to reduce spending and eliminate the deficit. The scope for further efficiency savings was limited, he added, noting that Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Services costs £1 billion per year more to run than it generates in income.

Read the consultation here.

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