The Law Society has sent a pre-action protocol letter for judicial review to challenge the government’s proposed increase in court fees.
“State provision for people to redress wrongs through the courts is the hallmark of a civilised society.’
THE LAW SOCIETY OBSERVATIONS
Details of the Law Society comments can be found here.
PRICING THE PUBLIC OUT OF THE COURTS
‘The government’s hikes – due to come in from April – will price the public out of the courts and leave small businesses saddled with debts they are due but unable to afford to recover.”
THE STATISTICS AS TO THE IMPACT ON LITIGATION
All of the points that the Law Society makes are salient.
- Cases brought by individuals are likely to fall by around 35%.
- For small and medium sized businesses the reduction is 49%.
- For larger companies the reduction is expected to be around 27%.
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