Update on civil court fees
In January the government announced increases in civil court fees of 600 per cent in some cases. The Law Society is leading a campaign with other legal representative bodies against the increases, including sending a pre-action protocol letter to government raising concerns about the impact of the court fees on ordinary people trying to access justice.
Our pre-action protocol letter has been used to good effect and helped with our lobbying efforts, including the debates in both the House of Commons and House of Lords.
We have also secured pledges from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats to review the increases if they are in government after the general election. We remain profoundly opposed to these court fee increases and whatever the formation of the next government, we will be pressing for a review. While we will not be pursuing a judicial review of the increases, we will continue to closely monitor their impact on people and businesses endeavouring to seek redress through the civil courts. We will be gathering examples and case studies which demonstrate how access to justice is being eroded for ordinary people and small businesses.
An article from Law Society president Andrew Caplen has appeared in the Law Society Gazette.