An update on court fee increases

February 2016

An update on court fee increases


In the Government’s July 2015 consultation response, the intention to proceed with further proposals to increase court and tribunal fees was announced.

Consistent with this, on the 15 February 2016, Her Majesty’s Courts & Tribunals Service confirmed that it anticipates a number of court fee changes, which are expected to come into effect next month, March 2016.

Although the changes are still subject to formal Parliamentary approval, the fee increases are expected to include:

  • Possession claims: an increase in the fee for issuing possession proceedings through the court’s ‘Possession Claim Online’ service (PCOL) from £250 to £325 and for possession claims issued outside of PCOL, a rise from £280 to £355.
  • The general application fees in civil proceedings: for most on-notice applications, the court fee increase is expected to rise steeply from £155 to £255 and for an application by consent/without notice the fee is set to increase from £50 to £100.

The exact date of when the above changes will come into effect is still to be confirmed. However, it is expected that this information will be provided following Parliament's approval.

In the meantime, more detailed information regarding the Government’s consultation response can be viewed in our previous article: Government's Response to the Consultation on further Fee Proposals.