Justice minister Lord Faulks says fees hike is essential to ensure the courts are properly funded.

The proposed 600% civil court fee increases were approved by the House of Lords last night and will come into effect on Monday, 9 March

House of Lords

A 5% charge will be added to all civil claims valued at more than £10,000, with fees capped at £10,000. The government says the levy will bring in £120m a year to fund the court service and that the majority of current cases will not be affected.

Despite criticism from some peers, Lord Faulks maintained the principal reason for the fees was financial and to ensure the courts are properly funded. He said: ”In the current climate, we must also look to those who use the courts to contribute more towards the running of the courts, where they can afford to do so.”

Those who wish to avoid having to pay up to £10,000 to issue a claim will need to issue their claims by 4pm this Friday, 6 March.  

Court fee increases from 9 March 2015
Value of claim £Fee now £ (paper)New fee £% increase
15,000 610 750 23%
20,000 610 1000 64%
25,000 610 1250 105%
30,000 610 1500 146%
40,000 610 2000 228%
50,000 910 2500 174%
70,000 910 3500 285%
90,000 910 4500 395%
100,000 1115 5000 348%
125,000 1115 6250 460%
150,000 1315 7500 470%
175,000 1315 8750 565%
190,000 1315 9500 622%
200,000 1515 10,000 576%
250,000 1720 10,000 481%
500,000 1920 10,000 421%