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Another round of massive court fee hikes proposed

Less than four months after the last round of fee increases for civil claims (see post), the government has today opened a consultation on further significant increases which, if implemented, would (at least) double the cost of issuing money claims above £400,000, … Continue reading

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Planned huge increases to court fees expected to come into effect next Monday

Following approval of the relevant draft legislation by the House of Lords this evening, it is expected that the government’s planned increases to civil court fees will take effect on Monday 9 March. As reported in our previous post, the new fees to issue money … Continue reading

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Courts to charge issue fees of 5% of claim value

The government announced on Friday that it will go ahead with its proposal to introduce percentage issue fees for money claims over £10,000, calculated as 5% of the value of the claim subject to a cap of £10,000 (see our post summarising the proposals put forward … Continue reading

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New electronic filing system planned for Rolls Building courts by late 2015

The courts service announced earlier this week that a contractor has been appointed to deliver an electronic filing system for the Rolls Building jurisdictions, including the Commercial Court, Technology and Construction Court and Chancery Division. The new system will allow:  … Continue reading

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Single County Court and increase in High Court threshold take effect today

From today, the previous system of some 170 separate county courts for different geographical areas has been replaced by a single national entity with a national jurisdiction for civil cases in England and Wales, known as the County Court. This … Continue reading

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Review of practice and procedure in the Chancery Division of the High Court: final report published

A review of current practices and procedures for the conduct of business in the Chancery Division, known as the “Chancery Modernisation Review”, has been undertaken over the past year led by Lord Justice Briggs. The final report was published on … Continue reading

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Substantial court fee increases proposed for commercial claims

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has issued a consultation proposing substantial court fee increases. For certain types of proceedings, these include “enhanced” fees aimed at recovering more than the cost of running the services to which they relate. The key proposals include: Introducing percentage issue fees for money … Continue reading

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Five Court of Appeal judges designated to hear appeals arising from Jackson reforms

The Master of the Rolls, Lord Dyson, has designated five members of the Court of Appeal to hear appeals arising from the Jackson reforms. This implements Lord Justice Jackson’s recommendation that particular Court of Appeal judges should be designated to … Continue reading

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Three new Supreme Court Justices appointed

The Supreme Court has today announced the appointment of three new justices, or one quarter of the 12-member Court: Lord Justice Hughes, Lord Justice Toulson and Lord Hodge. They will succeed Lord Dyson, who became Master of the Rolls in October 2012, … Continue reading

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ECJ rules in-house lawyers cannot represent their client companies before EU courts

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has ruled that in-house lawyers cannot represent their client companies in proceedings before the EU courts (i.e. the ECJ and the General Court, previously known as the Court of First Instance): … Continue reading

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