End of term flood of Ministerial announcements, including court fees & LASPO

Today, the last day before the Christmas recess, the Government made 36 Ministerial Statements, which is some three times more than the seasonal number of Lords-a-leaping. (These were written statements issued by Ministers in both Houses, so no Peer or MP indulged in acrobatics of any sort.) Statements from the Ministry of Justice on further court fee increases (which will be implemented soon) and on the LASPO Act 2012 (which is to be reviewed and extended to insolvency litigation) are summarised in this post. There is also reference to reviewing mesothelioma claims. Continue reading

Court fees: latest MoJ consultation: further increases coming

On 22 July the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) began a further consultation about recovering more money, by way of fees, towards the cost of running the courts from those who use them. Subject to consultation, which will close on 15 September, the measures now proposed are estimated to recover a further £48 million annually from court users in England & Wales.

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Judicial review of MoJ-imposed tribunal fees

On Tuesday 16 June the Court of Appeal heard trade union UNISON’s appeal in a judicial review it had taken against the Ministry of Justice in order to challenge the imposition of fees in employment tribunal claims.

A few days earlier, on Thursday 11 June, the MoJ published a two-page paper entitled “Review of the introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees”. This, in essence, set out the terms of reference of the review of the fees introduced in July 2013 and states that “the review is expected to be completed later in the year”. 

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