The Ministry of Justice has launched a service allowing litigants who paid court fees between April 2014 and March 2018 to apply for refunds.
A review in 2018 concluded that some litigants in the family and other civil courts had been overcharged during that period, with fees set above the actual costs incurred by the judicial system. The scheme applies both to overcharging and wholly erroneous fees.
The Ministry noted:
“As part of our ongoing improvements we are making to the justice system, we will continue to annually review the level at which court fees are set, including the methodology for setting those fees, to minimise the risk of this issue re-occurring in future.’
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