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Civil Proceedings Fee change in force as of 6 March 2017

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The Civil Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2016 comes into force on 6 March 2017. This Order will have an impact on court hearing fees.

Main changes to note

This Order effects 2 significant changes which you need to know about:-

  1. it increases to the fee payable for fixing a trial date;  and
  2. it deletes the provision in the previous 2008 Order for refunding the hearing fee where the court is given notice that the claim has settled or has been discontinued.

Revised hearing fees

These are the changes, which come into effect from 7 March 2017:

Small Claim Track: 
Where the amount claimed is:You will pay this for fixing a trial date:
up to £300- £25
between £300.01 and £500- £55
between £500.01 and £1,000- £80
between £1,000.01 and £1,500- £115
between £1,500.01 and £3,000- £170
more than £3,000- £335
  
Fast track claim:- £545
Multi track claim:- £1,090
  

The hearing fee must be paid at least 28 days before the trial period.

How this has changed from previous Rules:

Small Claims Track - Claimants currently get a 100% refund of the hearing fee if they notify the court, in writing, of settlement, at least seven days before the hearing

Fast Track and Multi Track - The following amounts are currently refunded where the court is notified in writing that case is settled/discontinued:

More than 28 days before the hearing- 100% refunded                                            
28 - 15 days before the hearing- 75% refunded
14 - 7 days before the hearing- 50% refunded
Fewer than 7 days before the hearing- no refund
  

Under these new Rules:

From 6th March 2017, the Court will not refund the Court hearing fee if the claim settles or discontinues after the fee has been paid.

Amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules, which come into force on 7th April 2017, provide the Court with the ability to automatically strike out a claim if the payment of the Hearing fee is not made when directed.

If you have any questions regarding these changes, please do get in contact with one of the members of our Litigation on team on 01908 660 966 (Milton Keynes) or 01604 828 282 (Northampton). We would be pleased to help.

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