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On 22nd March 2021, the Ministry of Justice began a consultation on its proposal for the increase of selected court fees in the Civil and Family courts, including court fees that relate to ending a marriage or civil partnership, formal separation, private law child arrangements, and division of joint financial assets.
This equates to a rise in fees of around 8% that reflect inflation rates since 2016, the year fees last rose. The government estimates that income from fees accounts for less than half the costs of running the courts and tribunals system, and that the increased fees will reduce the taxpayer subsidy of the remaining costs.
Under the proposal, inflationary uplifts backdated to 2016 would also be applied to Help with Fees scheme, raising the income threshold below which someone can receive whole or partial fee remission. The proposed changes to the thresholds are as follows:
If adopted, the increased fees are estimated to result in up to £17m per year of additional funding for the HM Courts & Tribunals Service.
The consultation closes on 17th May 2021, with a response due to be published by the Ministry of Justice in July 2021.
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