The Government has confirmed that it will introduce enhanced fees in possession claims and general applications in civil proceedings. Despite the majority of consultation responses objecting to the proposals, the policy (when implemented) will mean increasing the fee for uncontested and contested general applications by £50 and £100, respectively.

The Civil Justice Council (CJC) has warned that there could be a “denial of access to justice” if a further round of increases to court fees goes ahead. The CJC warned that small businesses would be amongst those affected and has called for a monitoring of the impact of previous increases in the last 12 months before further rises were proposed.