New bill must not undermine access to justice
The government must guard against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill undermining access to justice.
We've responded to a Ministry of Justice (MoJ) consultation on whether to increase selected court fees by inflation.
The MoJ is consulting on whether to increase selected court fees and income thresholds for help with fees in line with inflation.
The government argues this increase will ensure access to justice and that:
We do not agree that a blanket increase across court jurisdictions is the appropriate solution.
Highlighting the significant change to family justice as an example, we argue that any proposed fee increase should reflect the work needed at each stage of proceedings by HMCTS. Fee increases should also be based on the impact on individuals' ability to bring claims.
The consultation ran from 22 March to 17 May 2021.
The MoJ is now analysing responses to the consultation.