Justice Committee

Courts and tribunals fees and charges inquiry

Inquiry status: open

The Committee has concluded taking evidence in this inquiry and is preparing a report.  The Committee is not accepting further unsolicited written submissions: if you wish to draw anything to the attention of the Committee in relation to this inquiry please send an email to [email protected].

The Committee has published a separate report on the criminal courts charge and received a Government response.

Criminal courts charge


Background to the inquiry

Over the course of the last Parliament the Coalition Government pursued policies aimed at decreasing the cost of Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) to the public purse, through the introduction of and increases to various fees and charges. These included the introduction of fees for employment tribunals, a regime of enhanced fees for civil proceedings, and a mandatory charge imposed on anyone convicted of a criminal offence.

The Justice Committee is holding an inquiry into the effects of the introduction and levels of these fees and charges.

The Terms of Reference for this inquiry have been revised, please click on the link below to view the additional reference.

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