Court fees rise from Monday

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  1. Geoff T

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    Just heard that Court fees rise from Monday 9th March for civil claims (which includes business/consumer debt claims) on amounts over £10,000

    From the set court fee before, the fee goes to 5% of the amount of the claim...

    The effect of this WILL be HUGE for the creditors involved... Sheriffs Office will confirm this ( as I heard it from their CEO)...

    Just be aware members... court costs have just gone ballistic...
     
    Posted: Mar 5, 2015 By: Geoff T Member since: Apr 30, 2009
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    Given what many will attest is a very poorly run Court service increasing the fees like this is just not cricket!
     
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  5. Geoff T

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    I think you'll find that most creditors aren't interested in the why's and wherefores TSO... they'll just see that they are getting kicked again! (when they look at the increases)...
     
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    I couldn't agree more.

    They already rose significantly last year.
     
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  7. Geoff T

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    Am keeping my fingers crossed our respected colleagues in the legal profession give this the kicking it so deserves... does the phrase "class action" ring any bells?
     
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    So will this make it less attractive for creditors to take legal action, due to the sheer cost?
     
    Posted: Mar 5, 2015 By: Scotinlondon7 Member since: Jul 11, 2014
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  9. Richie N

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    It would be good if they actually bothered to answer their phones or respond to letters. They are absolutely useless.
     
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  10. Geoff T

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    who'd you mean Richie?
     
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    short answer - yes
     
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    The courts...not sure how they can justify their increases as the service is appalling.
     
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    Posted: Mar 6, 2015 By: Geoff T Member since: Apr 30, 2009
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    With the addition that they're raising the amount a debt needs to be to issue a Statutory Demand (IIRC £10k?), it's really not helping SME's at all. :(
     
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    It's difficult to work out what they are trying to do. They say they're trying to help industry, but I don't think they are looking beyond the end of their noses.

    Case in point: Massive hike in employment tribunal fees 2 years ago has reduced employment tribunal actions by 79%. So they're now considering lowering the fees!

    Another example, they're now looking at how to fill the gap in the advice desert they created by reducing access to legal aid.

    On a similar note, they are trying to solve the problem of a huge increase in unrepresented litigants, which they created with their legal aid changes and the doubling of the small claims limit in April 2013.

    I am reminded of that scene in Father Ted where they try to knock a small dent out of their car, and end up with a total loss.
     
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  18. HRinMinutes

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    It's linked with the move to mediation as an alternative to litigation and will almost certainly radically reduce court applications at this level. The numbers of cases at this level however, have been dropping for years with courts closing as they do. The civil cases have been reducing (non family matters) substantially quarter on quarter for years.
     
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  19. Geoff T

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    the reason for that is simple...the law is fast becoming only the option for the well off... not justice in my book...
     
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    At some levels it has always been for those with money to fund it, not just the issue of the court process but funding throughout. Mediation is less costly, hugely on commercial disputes for both parties. As more and contracts reflect the mediation process as the first point of dispute resolution and not litigation it makes sense for the court fees (which have never paid for the court service and won't now even at these higher levels) to make litigation pause for more thought by raising the point of entry on the larger sum claims.
     
    Posted: Mar 17, 2015 By: LawHound Member since: Jan 30, 2010
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