• Court fees to increase from April 22nd 2014

    Set to add to the cost of accessing justice for litigants, the MoJ proposals to reform court fees were met with criticism. The response to the consultation has now been published and it seems that court fees for certain claims will significantly increase when the changes take effect on April 22nd 2014.

    Possession Claim Court Fees Increase

    With fees for possession proceedings using the Court’s Possession Claims Online (PCOL) subject to some of the highest increases (150% rise), landlords will feel the impact when trying to evict a tenant from a residential property; up from £100 to £250. Claims made offline (paper-based) will increase £105 to £280 per claim.

    Money Claim Court Fees Increase

    Money claims fees will also increase; although the maximum increase for claims up to £3,000 is only £30, for claims above that value the increased cost will be more noticeable. The fee schedule is divided in to two parts, one for standard County Court claims and another for claims made in the County Court Bulk Centre (CCBC).

    The proposed changes to issue fees for money claims are summarised below:

    COURT FEES APRIL 22nd 2014

    CURRENT

    NEW

    Paper

    Bulk

    Online

    Paper

    Bulk & Online

    Does not exceed £300

    £35

    £15

    £25

    £35

    £25

    Exceeds £300 but does not exceed £500

    £50

    £30

    £35

    £50

    £35

    Exceeds £500 but does not exceed £1,000

    £70

    £55

    £60

    £70

    £60

    Exceeds £1,000 but does not exceed £1,500

    £80

    £65

    £70

    £80

    £70

    Exceeds £1,500 but does not exceed £3,000

    £95

    £75

    £80

    £115

    £105

    Exceeds £3,000 but does not exceed £5,000

    £120

    £85

    £100

    £205

    £185

    Exceeds £5,000 but does not exceed £15,000

    £245

    £190

    £210

    £445

    £410

    Exceeds £15,000 but does not exceed £50,000

    £395

    £310

    £340

    £610

    £550

    Exceeds £50,000 but does not exceed £100,000

    £685

    £550

    £595

    £910

    £815

    Exceeds £100,000 but does not exceed £150,000

    £885

    n/a

    n/a

    £1,115

    n/a

    Exceeds £150,000 but does not exceed £200,000

    £1,080

    n/a

    n/a

    £1,315

    n/a

    Exceeds £200,000 but does not exceed £250,000

    £1,275

    n/a

    n/a

    £1,515

    n/a

    Exceeds £250,000 but does not exceed £300,000

    £1,475

    n/a

    n/a

    £1,720

    n/a

    Exceeds £300,000, or not limited

    £1,670

    n/a

    n/a

    £1,920

    n/a

    One of the stated aims of the consultation was to bridge the shortfall in between income and the operating costs of the Court Service. Some of the respondents to the consultation have suggested that, rather than increasing revenue, these reforms are likely to make bulk court users more cautious in their litigation strategy.

    For details of the government’s response to the consultation, see here.