Increased court fees vs. access to justice

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Posted in:Banking and Finance, berg profile and brand, Litigation|February 24, 2016 | Join the mailing list

Both individuals and businesses may find their access to justice severely impeded by the government’s proposed further increases in civil court fees.

This follows on from the 600% rise for claims of over £200,000 which took place in March 2015 and saw the maximum court fee payable by a claimant increase to £10,000.

These latest proposals will double fees to ‘at least’ £20,000; a 1,000% increase from where they were in 2014.  The implications of this increase are far-reaching – small businesses and individuals suffering loss and damage will find access to justice harder to attain than ever before.

increases in some civil court fees will lead to small business insolvencies and access to justice becoming a preserve of the elite.” The Law Society, ‘Increases in Court Fees’

A parliamentary petition has been launched to urge the government to respond and consider court fees increase for debate in parliament.  As berg have seen direct and detrimental impacts from court fee increases for our clients and contacts, we urge you to add your signature.

Potential claimants are encouraged to receive the justice they deserve now and advance proceedings to court before fees may increase and action becomes financially prohibitive in the future.

To find out more about court fees, civil action and access to justice please get in touch on,  0161 829 2599.

The information and opinions contained in this article are not intended to be comprehensive, nor to provide legal advice. No responsibility for its accuracy or correctness is assumed by berg or any of its partners or employees. Professional legal advice should be obtained before taking, or refraining from taking, any action as a result of this article.

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