Friday, 17 July 2020

Court Fee Cuts (E&W): WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A range of court fee cuts in England and Wales will be effective on 03 August 2020 and so if you want to save some dosh, WAIT!!!!!! until then, provided it is not going to prejudice your position, to issue the reduced fee application. Alas, the fees for starting civil or family proceedings remain untouched.

Here's my pick of the reduced fees and remember that 'Help with fees' still applies so that you may be eligible for a free ride.

civil proceedings

  • application for a witness summons - down from £50 to £21
  • application to vary a judgment (for example, to be able to pay by instalments) or to suspend enforcement including to suspend a warrant for possession- down from £50 to £14
  • request for a certificate of satisfaction in relation to an entry at the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines - down from £15 to £14 
family proceedings
  • application for a third party debt order - down form £100 to £77
  • application for a charging order - down from £100 to £38
  • application for a judgment summons - down from £100 to £73
  • application for an attachment of earnings order - down from £100 to £34
  • request for bailiff service (sometimes no fee) - down from £110 to £45
BUT NOTE THAT IN CIVIL AS OPPOSED TO FAMILY PROCEEDINGS, THE EXISTING FEES FOR STARTING ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS WILL STAND.

probate fees

Not quite what you would call 'court' fees but some cuts coming in under the same legislation-
  • entering a caveat at the Probate Registry (to prevent issue of probate or letters of administration and good for six months) - down from £20 to £3
  • applying for a standing search (so that you are notified that probate or letters of administration have been granted and you get a copy of the document and good for periods of six months at a time)- down from £10 to £3
If you want to check out the recent legislation to thank it, then have a butchers at the Court Fees (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2020 SI 2020/720

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