Secondly it proposed increasing the cost of applications without notice or by consent (which account for around two-thirds of the total) from £50 to £100, and from £155 to £255 for an application on notice which is contested. This would raise £38m a year.
The government has dropped plans for ‘enhanced’ court fees specifically for commercial cases, but is now targeting increased fees for the hundreds of thousands of general civil applications made each year.
Enhanced fees are those that are above cost price, and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said that after last year’s general court fee increases failed to raise as much as expected, it needed to find another £55m from enhanced fees.
In finally announcing the way forward on proposals first published a year ago, the MoJ first confirmed that it would press ahead with a new enhanced fee to issue money claims of 5% of the value of the proceedings for claims worth £10,000 or more.
This would be capped at £10,000, the fee payable for a claim of £200,000, with a 10% discount if lodged electronically.