30 January, 2015
Court fees are set to be reformed for the second time in less than 3 years after the Government announced plans to calculate court fees for monetary claims at 5% of the value of the claim, up to £10,000.
Under the proposed changes it will cost £1,590 to bring a claim valued at £50,000 compared to £910 at the moment representing an increase of 174%.
The latest proposed reforms come less than a year after it was decided that there would be a restructuring of the court fees, resulting in an increase to issue fees. Opposition to the proposed changes has been voiced by the most senior Judge in England and Wales, Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, as well as Civil Justice Council. Despite the opposition, it appears that in order to meet its ongoing austerity commitments, the Government sees no other option than to require a larger contribution from court users for the services provided.
It would therefore be advisable to anybody who is thinking of bringing and issuing a monetary claim to do so sooner rather than later before the court fees are increased again.
Manisha Modasia and Michael Rutter from the Dispute Resolution Department can offer advice and guidance on bringing a monetary claim and can be contacted on 01254 222 340 or 01254 222 324.