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No date has yet been given for the rises on the basis that parliamentary time will be required to introduce them through statutory instrument.
In a written statement on 17 December 2015, Shailesh Vara, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Courts and Legal Aid, announced the increase in court fees.
With the court and tribunal system in England and Wales costing tax payers £1bn a year, it is perhaps unsurprising that the government has decided to increase fees for those using the service. The issue for the government has been in seeking to
balance those increases while dealing with ensuring that there is protection for the more vulnerable in society; core concerns which were raised on the introduction of the provisions in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
when the provision of legal aid was radically reduced.
It is intended that Her Majesty's Court and Tribunal Service remissions scheme will apply to all the increased fees as well as the new fees set to be introduced; a separate exemptions policy applies to those using the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of
the First-tier Tribunal and there will be an additional exemption for those at risk of having humanitarian protection or refugee status revoked.
No date has yet been set for the new changes to come into effect. Most of the changes will require a statutory instrument and the consultation states that the timing will be as soon as the parliamentary time allows.
We will provide updated information when it becomes available. The current fees are available to LexisPSL Dispute Resolution subscribers in Practice Note: Court fees schedule. The new and amended court fees are available here [PDF].
The Government's full response to the consultation on court fee proposals can be found here.
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Janna is a dispute resolution lawyer. She deals primarily with cross border issues and is active in the work being undertaken in relation to the implications of Brexit for Dispute Resolutions lawyers. Janna also heads up a LexisNexis costs team bringing together expertise from across the company to deal with the costs issues facing the profession.
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