Following on from posts last week regarding court fees and the impact on access to justice; the debate continues with eminent legal minds writing in the Times today opposing the Government's increase of some court fees by more than 600%. The letter articulates some of the worrying implications of court fee rises. In this anniversary year of the Magna Carta the access to justice debate still looms large.
Sir, The government is increasing some court fees by more than 600 per cent this April, spelling disaster for access to justice. We fear that the cost of litigation will increase, people will be priced out of the courts and small businesses will be saddled with debts that they are unable to recover. The increases risk damaging the UK’s reputation as a global leader in commercial dispute resolution. Our competitors in New York and Singapore will seem much more attractive to those making commercial claims.