High Court fees: a quick guide

This note sets out the fees payable in the High Court in relation to certain key stages in proceedings.

For details of fees in the County Court, see Practice note, County Court fees: a quick guide. For the fees payable in the Supreme Court, see Practice note, Supreme Court fees: a quick guide.

Note: Earlier this year, we reported on the government's response to part two of its consultation paper, Court fees: proposals for reform, which set out proposed substantial fee increases (see Legal update, MoJ response to part two of consultation on reform of court fees: large fee increases).
The Statutory Instrument (SI) implementing the changes (the Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015), which is currently in draft, states that it will come into force "on 1st March 2015 or, if later, the next Monday after the day on which the Order is made".
We have recently heard that signs have been put up at court, stating that the increased court fees will take effect on Monday 9 March 2015, subject to approval in Parliament on Wednesday 4 March 2015. 
This is despite the fact that the Law Society has sent a pre-action protocol letter for judicial review of the government's proposed increases for court fees (see Legal update, Law Society sends pre-action protocol letter for judicial review regarding proposed court fee increases). 

We will check the position on Wednesday 4 March, and prepare a further update once the position has become certain.


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