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The Senior Judiciary has responded to the ‘Ministry of Justice consultation paper court fees: proposals for reform (Cm 8751)’. The court fees reform proposals are intended to reduce the deficit on the costs of the civil and family court and to contribute to the costs of fee remissions.
This is essentially to be done by increasing the fees payable by those using the civil courts. The senior judiciary have set out their response, focussing on issues including access to justice and the undesired and unintended consequences of these proposals. They call for, among other things, a fully informed debate about some of the issues and policies arising in the proposal.
In essence, the senior judiciary considers it '...difficult to see the merits of proposals which would increase the costs to litigants but provide no tangible benefit to them or the judicial system more generally...' (para 56).
Although the senior judiciary's response was far more detailed, its main concerns included:
What do you think? Do you agree? Have you any thoughts on the proposals? Please comment below.
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Virginia specialises in general domestic and international commercial litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution.
Virginia trained, qualified and practiced with Pinsent Masons before moving to Marriott Harrison where she continued in practice for a further seven years.
In practice, Virginia acted in a variety of general commercial disputes covering areas including intellectual property, fraud, defamation, misrepresentation, breach of contract, debt recovery, breach of restrictive covenants and company and shareholders’ disputes.
Virginia is Head of Dispute Resolution at Lexis®PSL and, when not focused on the strategic development and operational requirements of the Dispute Resolution module, her content work focuses on case management and evidence in civil litigation. She also regularly contributes to the LexisNexis Dispute Resolution Blog.
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