The High Cost of Justice

I write from time to time about access to justice, about advice services, and the erosion of legal aid funding for community law for housing, debt and other work.

Tomorrow (Monday 21st March) the costs for filing claims are set to increase:

  • In possession claims, the fee for issuing proceedings will increase from £280 to £355.
  • For possession claims lodged online through the PCOL (Possession Claims Online) system, the fee will increase from £250 to £325.
  • The fee for general applications made on notice within civil proceedings will increase from £155 to £255.
  • The fee for general applications made without notice will increase from £50 to £100.
  • The fee for applications made by consent will increase from £50 to £100.

Some landlords making passion claims will absorb the costs themselves, but most will pass these costs on to their tenants, adding it to the debt of the tenant.

It might not be so bad if the Court system was performing better, but the Courts are often under-resourced and delays are frequent, adding to everyone’s costs.

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