Following the consultation on increasing selected court fees and Help with Fees income thresholds by inflation, the Government response to the consultation has been published and is available here.
The SI to effect these changes has been laid today, 6 September 2021, and the changes will come into effect on 30 September 2021. Any questions regarding this consultation response or the SI can be addressed to the Ministry of Justice Fees Policy Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The position in respect of Court of Protection fees is as follows:
The Ministry of Justice has introduced a refund scheme relating to court fees, including the Court of Protection. For the Court of Protection, the scheme relates to those who paid court fees between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2018 for:
In addition, if you paid a hearing fee between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018, you may also be eligible for a refund.
For more details, see here. and the guidance document here.
Queries regarding the scheme should be directed to the helpdesk as follows:
The reduction to these fees follows, according to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice Lucy Frazer QC MP “a thorough and detailed review undertaken by officials in the Ministry of Justice into the cost of these proceedings. Our review has identified a number of cases where the fees charged were above full cost recovery levels.” It is not clear at this stage whether those who have been charged the higher sums in the CoP will also benefit from the refund scheme that is being applied in relation to excess fees identified in other areas.