MOJ Publishes Public Consultation on Increasing Selected Court Fees



Court Fees on the Rise


Nothing has been decided yet, and public feedback is pending, but it looks as though we’re set to see an increase in selected Court Fees.


The Ministry of Justice is seeking public feedback on their plans to increase the amount that people pay for certain court services.


The aim of the proposal, as the MOJ say, is to:


  • Ensure an efficient and effective courts system.


  • Ensure access to justice, making sure those who need to access the courts can do so.


  • Ensure courts and tribunals have the necessary funding and resources to deliver their much-needed services.


  • Ensure that fees better meet the running costs of HMCTS.

As an example, the fee for sealing a writ of control, possession or delivery will rise from £66 to £71.


This is not a price rise for the sake of a price rise, and is actually in line with historical inflation from August 2016 to April 2021.


The MoJ says that the fees were capped in August 2016, which means this rise is probably overdue.


Those who can afford to pay for the service of the courts will do so at a rate that is more in line with the rising costs of providing the services, which seems to make sense, especially as the historical inflation rises mean that it won’t actually be a price increase in real terms.


This also means that more support will be available for those who can’t afford to pay for the services of the court.


Now, not everyone will agree with the price increases, and we fully understand this, especially as some of those who are expected to pay, or adjudged to be able to afford to pay, will have endured a year of nothing but hardship and uncertainty.


For this reason, we advise all our clients to have their say...


You can respond via the questionnaire at:


https://consult.justice.gov.uk/digital-communications/increasing-selected-court-fees-income-thresholds/


Or in writing to:


Fees, Policy Team, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London, SW1H 9AJ


Or by email to:


mojfeespolicy@justice.gov.uk



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