On 22nd March 2021, the Ministry of Justice launched a public consultation regarding a number of court fee increases.

The proposal is to increase fees in line with inflation between August 2016 and April 2021 and the fees being considered are those which are under-recovering compared to the estimated cost of the service and those fees which are enhanced, meaning they can legally be set above the cost of service.

This will include 67 fees within the Civil Proceedings Fees Order 2008 No 1053. You can see the details of all the proposed increases in Annex 2 in the documentation available on the consultation webpage.

With regards to High Court writ and County Court warrant fees, the proposals are:

  • High Court writ of control, possession or delivery – rising from £66 to £71
  • County Court warrant of control, possession or delivery – rising from £121 to £130

The consultation also covers plans to widen access to the Help with Fees scheme and make it more generous.

To take part in the consultation

To ensure that there is a comprehensive response from all of us engaged with court services, I hope that you will be able to participate in the consultation.

You can take part in the consultation here.

The closing date is 17th May and your answers can be submitted via an online survey using the link above, via email: mojfeespolicy@justice.gov.uk, or by post to: Fees Policy Team, Ministry of Justice, 102 Petty France, London SW1H 9AJ.

David Asker

David is an authorised High Court Enforcement Officer and our Director of Corporate Governance

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