I couldn't agree more! Shameful indeed! There will be many more cases like this where the innocent party is effectively denied access to justice.
If evidence were needed of the profound impact of the increase in court fees in can be found in newspaper articles over the past few days. IT IS JUST ONE CASE The Guardian reported on one case of a social worker (Amanda Hicks) who was owed £20,000 by an old family friend. He refuses to talk, to her. He attended a police interview with a solicitor and replied no comment. Now she has to sue for the money back. As the Guardian reports. “The upshot is that Hicks is in an invidious position. She can pay the fees and pursue the defendant. But even if she wins her case she may never get the £1,500 back. Or she can drop the case, let her former friend off scot free and say goodbye to £20,000.”