A 5% charge will be added to all civil claims valued at more than £10,000, with fees capped at £10,000.
The government says the levy will bring in £120m a year to fund the court service and that the majority of current cases will not be affected.
Although funds are needed to pay for the court system there is no point in having a system if ordinary people and small businesses are to be charged an entry fee which they cannot afford to bring basic claims. We have petitioned our local MP and support the Law Society in its decision to judicially review the increase.
For those suing for debts litigation is often a necessity to keep your business alive. There are already too many impediments to access to justice.