The Ministry of Justice has admitted overcharging for a string of different court fees – with the lost income from reducing the fees set to cost around £9m a year.
The announcement follows the Law Society Gazette’s revelation that some personal injury claimants had been overcharged by more than £100 for starting proceedings in the High Court and County Court since 2016.
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 Gazette revealed.
A wider review of the court fees structure has uncovered a number of additional mistakes and examples where litigants have paid too much. The overcharging also relates to fees charged for certain proceedings in the Court of Protection; a small number of civil proceedings in the magistrates’ courts; fees for general applications in insolvency proceedings; and the fees charged for High Court judges sitting as arbitrators.