It has been announced by HM Courts and Tribunals Service that many Court fees will be significantly increased from 9 March 2015.
The fees for possession proceedings have been further increased by £75 with the fees for claims issued via the Court’s Possession Claims Online (PCOL) system now rising from £250 to £325 and the fee for paper based claims to rise from £280 to £355.
Most will be aware that this will be a very unwelcome increase, particularly considering that the issue fees for possession claims were already increased by over 60% just last April.
The area that has seen the biggest change are money claims, as detailed below:
- The fee for claims from £1 – £9,999 will remain unchanged;
- The fee for claims from £10,000 – £199,999 will now be five per cent of the claim; and
- The fee for claims £200,000 and above will be fixed at £10,000.
The new fee increases are part of wider efforts to modernise and improve the efficiency of the courts and move towards a system which is self-funded. Understandably there has been much criticism of the increases, which will continue to add to the cost of accessing justice for litigants.