That’s right – 600 per cent.
People suing for debts or to recover compensation for personal injury may have to pay an up-front fee of £10,000 or more to have access to the courts after the House of Lords approved a statutory instrument implementing the price hike.
The government reckons it will bring an extra £120 million to the Treasury, with justice minister Lord Faulks arguing that the increase would not affect the majority of cases and was necessary to fund the court service.
But Lord Pannick, arguing against the change, warned it would do “inevitable and substantial damage to access to justice” and that it was “simply perverse for the government to dispute that many small businesses and many personal injury claimants are going to be unable to pay an upfront £10,000 fee as the price of access to the courts”.
He has pledged to continue the fight, hoping that the rise will be ruled unlawful by the courts. The Law Society has launched a judicial review against the fees increase, and the hike is unpopular across the legal profession.
Full details are in the New Law Journal.
Vox Political agrees with Pride’s Purge on the effect:
“It seems in Cameron and Clegg’s Britain, justice is now only for the rich.“
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