28 October, 2020
Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) launched a refund scheme for overpaid court fees. It includes those fees applicable for stage 3 Part 8 claims that started life in the personal injury claims portal paid up to 30 April 2018. If a claimant has paid such a fee, or a defendant has been ordered to pay, and has paid, costs that include such a fee then a refund can be claimed.
If, between 1 April 2014 and 30 April 2018, you paid a fee of £308 for the issuing of proceedings at stage 3, or paid the Claimant's costs of issuing those claims, in relation to the Pre-Action Protocol for Low Value Personal Injury claims under the Employers' Liability and Public Liability Protocol or the Road Traffic Accident Protocol you could be due of refund of up to £273 per claim depending on the value of the claim concerned. Follow this link to the government website to find out more and for the guidance and forms to complete to apply for your refund.
The Government has accepted that in certain cases the Courts charged fees that were above the cost of the service the Courts provide and has therefore set up the scheme to allow a refund to be claimed. Whilst the amount per claim is low it could amount to significant sums for compensators.