Last night the House of Lords approved the motion to increase court fees for civil claims.

The new fees will be effective from next Monday, 9th March 2015.

You can read the full details of the changes in our previous article, but in a nutshell:

  • For claims below £10,000, there is no change to the court fee
  • For claims between £10,000 and £200,000 the court fee will be 5% of the value of the claim
  • The court fee for claims above  £200,000 is capped at £10,000
  • There will be a 10% discount on fees for claims started via Money Claim Online (MCOL) or the Secure Data Transfer facility.

The Government claims there will be little impact, as 90% of claims are below £10,000. Senior judges have raised their concerns that this may restrict access to justice for those facing higher fees – some may not make a claim, others may represent themselves (as a litigant in person), which may be to the detriment of their case. This may affect the debt recovery and debt collection rates.

David Asker

David is an authorised High Court Enforcement Officer and our Director of Corporate Governance

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