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HMCTS - new Fee Account service launched

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Paul Downer of HMCTS, who will be speaking at the Civil Justice Section conference on 30 April, tells us more about HMCTS’ new Fee Account system.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS) will be launching the Fee Account project in 2014. It will remove the need for our users (those firms/local authorities/solicitors who transact with HMCTS more than 12 times per year) to pay fees by cheque, by offering them an account facility via Direct Debit. This will be managed via a new IT system that court staff will use to enter the details and process the fees charged. A consolidated invoice will then be sent back to the customer on a weekly basis detailing the information on the case. 

This facility will be provided for customers in all Civil and Family courts, civil magistrates’ courts, the Royal Courts of Justice, the Court of Protection and all probate offices. It will be launched in two phases. The first will be on 2 June 2014 and in the following three offices: the County Court Money Claims Centre, the Rolls Building, and Cambridge County Court. The second will be on 29 September, when all of the other offices will follow.
I will be speaking about the benefits of the new system at the Civil Justice Section conference on 30 April.  To book your place, please click here.

For more information, HMCTS has prepared a FAQ document on the Fee Account service, which you can download here, or alternatively you can contact me on

I look forward to meeting some of you at the 2014 Section conference next month.

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