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Government presses ahead with court fee increases
Controversial changes have been introduced which will see the civil court fees rise by up to 600 per cent.
The increase will affect both specified and unspecified claims, although they will be capped at £10,000 for claims that exceed £200,000.
Despite widespread opposition from the legal profession, the changes were agreed by the House of Lords last month.
Law Society president Andrew Caplen said: “The Government’s policy on ‘enhanced court fees’ amounts to a flat tax on those seeking justice.
“The Government’s hikes will price the public out of the courts and leave small businesses saddled with debts they are due but unable to afford to recover.
“State provision for people to redress wrongs through the courts is the hallmark of a civilised society.”
Fees for claims in the Small Claims Court are unaffected by the recent changes.
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