Martin Partington: Spotlight on the Justice System

Keeping the English Legal System under review

Court fees: the changes

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Accompanying the creation of the single Family Court and the single County Court, the Government moved swiftly to introduce new court fees, adopting – for the most part – the principles it set out in its consultation document published in late 2013 (see blog March 2014).

The Government has acted to introduce new fees which, broadly, increase as a case proceeds – with court hearings incurring rather higher fees than hitherto. Those interested in the details can see the new fees set out in

Interestingly, the announcement of these increases was made on the same day that a research report was published which suggested that on the whole litigants thought the fee levels were reasonable and would not have been deterred from bringing a case simply because of the fees charged. See

Time will tell whether the new fees act as a deterrent to access to justice; intuitively it could be anticipated that there would be some effect.


Written by lwtmp

June 2, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Posted in Chapter 10, Chapter 8

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