Court fees to be refunded after overcharging

A refund scheme for litigants who were overcharged for their civil court fees is to be set up by the MoJ, after it emerged that claimants starting proceedings in the High Court and County Court since 2016 have been charged £308 rather than the £205 they should have been. The figure covers cases – usually personal injury claims – with a value estimated between £3,000 and £5,000. These litigants should have been paying the lower fee to begin proceedings but their claim was wrongly categorised as one for “any other remedy”. A MoJ spokesperson said: “We recently reviewed our guidance on fees for stage three claims and identified that we have been charging the incorrect court fee in some cases. As a result we issued revised guidance to the courts in March and we will be setting out details of a refund scheme for those who were overcharged in due course.”

Law Society Gazette

Posted 12/06/2018