The level of increased court fees is indefensible and makes it impossible for many genuine claimants to litigate. This cannot be in the interests of justice.
MPs pilloried the Ministry of Justice yesterday over a controversial boost to civil court fees after scathing criticism from the Master of the Rolls that the increases were implemented after “lamentable” research. Shailesh Vara (pictured), the justice minister, said he did not accept the analysis from Lord Dyson, the most senior civil judge in England and Wales, who had warned of the “real dangers” of the higher court fees for access to justice. Lord Dyson also condemned what he viewed as the haste with which the changes were made. Robert Neill, the Conservative chairman of the justice committee, quoted Lord Dyson’s comments to MPs last week that he had “got the sense it was almost a desperate way of carrying on”.