You’ll have read or heard by now that court fees went up on Monday or, to be more accurate, sat on a rocket and went into the stratosphere quicker than Jeremy Clarkson punching a producer (allegedly).
For disputes between £10,000 and £200,000 the applicable court fee will be 5% of the value of the claim. The maximum fee is capped at £10,000. Disputes of a value lower than £10,000 stay as they are. A Claimant using the Money Claims Online system will get a 10% discount and a voucher for a free coffee in Starbucks (*). The senior judiciary is worried about the effect these increase will have on access to justice for SMEs. http://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/jan/19/dramatic-increases-court-fees-deep-concern-senior-judges and well they might. If litigants can’t afford to litigate then there won’t need to be so many Judges.