Why are court fees increasing? Debt Recovery

After a government consultation in November 2023, there will be an increase of court fees from 1 May 2024.

His Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) is proposing to increase court and tribunal fees by 10% from May 2024 to generate between £34 million and £42 million additional funding a year. The government is planning to make inflation-based increases occur every two-years.

Courts affected include:

  • Civil Courts (including the County Court and High Court)
  • Magistrates’ Courts
  • Family Courts
  • Probate Registry
  • Court of Protection
  • Tribunals (including the General Regulatory Chamber in relation to gambling, the Lands Chamber, the Immigration and Asylum Chamber (Upper Tribunal only) and the Property Chamber)

Examples of the proposed increases for Civil Proceedings include:

  • Enforcement – charging orders, third party debt order, judgment summons, attachment of earnings – increasing by £12 to £131 each;
  • Recovery of land (County Court) increasing by £36 to £391;
  • Petition for Bankruptcy increasing by £30 to 332;

A full update of the proposed fee increases is available on the gov.uk.