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County Court Fees increased by 70%

On 1 October 2007, the Court Service brought in a completely new fee charging structure. Whilst the fees payable on issuing claims have been slightly reduced, and the fee for an Allocation Questionnaire for claims less than 5000 has been reduced, new fees have been introduced for hearings. These are on a sliding scale from 25 to 300 depending on the size of claim; for claims over 5000, the fee is even more at 500.

Note that the fee for a hearing has to be paid within 14 days of the hearing date being set. You must pay this fee at that time. If you do not pay it, your claim may be struck out. Be prepared for this fee.

The average total fee payable to bring a claim to a hearing in the small claims track is 70% more than it was before 1 October. These new fees will undoubtedly deter many people from ever issuing claims. Presumably this was the intention of the Court Service. If there is one thing that I have learned about the Court Service over the past three years, it is that they do not like having to do more work.

See old and new fees compared below (AQ is Allocation Questionnaire fee).

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OLD

FEES

NEW

FEES

CLAIM AMOUNT

ISSUE

AQ

HEARING

TOTAL

ISSUE

AQ

HEARING

TOTAL

% INC.

Up to 300

30

0

0

30

30

0

25

55

83%

301 – 500

50

0

0

50

45

0

50

95

90%

501 – 1000

80

0

0

80

65

0

75

140

75%

1001 – 1500

120

0

0

120

75

0

100

175

46%

1501 – 3000

120

100

0

220

85

35

150

270

23%

3001 – 5000

120

100

0

220

108

35

300

443

101%

Small claims average

70%

5001 – 15000

250

100

275

625

225

200

500

925

43%

Published and promoted by Bob Egerton, TR2 4RS