In its latest annual report and accounts covering the period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015, the HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) provided an outline of its business priorities and objectives. It also reported that the civil courts only recovered 92% of their expenditure in fees during the last financial year, missing their 100% costs recovery target.
The report referred to the successful launch of Fee Account, which allows court fees to be paid electronically and the successful introduction of the single County Court, removing geographical boundaries and enabling better performance.
A total of 1.6 million claims were issued in 2014, a 10% increase on 2013 but, despite this increase, business centres and courts continued to manage the workload in a timely manner.
The report can be read in full here.