JUSTICE COMMITTEE INQUIRY IN THE EFFECTS OF THE INCREASE IN COURT FEES: HOW TO RESPOND

The Justice Committee is holding an inquiry into the effects of the introduction and levels of the increased court fees. If anyone wants to send their responses to this blog, in addition to the inquiry, I will arrange a specific post (or number of posts) dealing with this issue.

THE TERMS OF REFERENCE

The Committee welcomes views on any aspect of this subject, but would be particularly interested in submissions addressing any or all of the following questions:
  • How have the increased court fees and the introduction of employment tribunal fees affected access to justice? How have they affected the volume and quality of cases brought?
  • How has the court fees regime affected the competitiveness of the legal services market in England and Wales, particularly in an international context?
  • What have been the effects on defendants of the introduction of the criminal courts charge? Has the criminal courts charge been set at a reasonable and proportionate level? Is the imposition and collection of the charge practicable and, if not, how could that be rectified?
The deadline for written submissions to be made is Wednesday 30 September 2015.”

LINKS

  • The terms of reference are available here
  • The inquiry page – with a link to send a written submission is here