Justice Committee

Courts and tribunals fees and charges inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

The Committee held a follow-up session on the Government response with Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State for Courts and Justice on Wednesday 14 December 2016.

Report and Government Response published.

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

Report published

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 held 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.


Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the courts and tribunals fees and charges inquiry.

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