An update on Court fee increases
On 9 April 2015, the Law Society provided an update in regard to their lobbying against the recent court fee increases (see previous article, Court Fee Increases, for more details).
Whilst the pre-action protocol letter sent by the Law Society sparked debate in the House of Commons and House of Lords, and secured pledges from both Labour and the Liberal Democrats to review the increases if they are in Government following the general election, the Law Society has decided against pursuing their claim for judicial review.
In their press release, the Law Society said:
"We remain profoundly opposed to these court fee increases and whatever the formation of the next Government, we will be pressing for a review. While we will not be pursuing a judicial review of the increases, we will continue to closely monitor their impact on people and businesses endeavouring to seek redress through the civil courts. We will be gathering examples and case studies which demonstrate how access to justice is being eroded for ordinary people and small businesses."
This article is for general guidance only. It provides useful information in a concise form. Action should not be taken without obtaining specific legal advice.