The price of justice? Latest Justice Committee session on court fees

On 9 February the Commons Justice Committee held its last evidence sessions on court and tribunal fees. Although Justice Minister Shailesh Vara MP got a rough ride from the MPs on the Committee, he sought to defend the Government policy to increase court fees beyond the cost to the State of providing civil justice. The policy seems unlikely to change, despite strong judicial antipathy and despite the views of the Law Society and Bar Council representatives who gave evidence immediately before the Minister. The body of this piece offers a snapshot of some of the key criticisms levelled against the Ministry.

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