Lower-than-expected court fees from high-value cases and increased demand in the criminal justice system are behind the Ministry of Justice’s request for £427m extra funding over and above its designated department spending limit for 2015-16, it has emerged.
Justice minister Shailesh Vara today gave absolutely no ground when quizzed by MPs about Lord Dyson’s fierce criticisms of enhanced court fees. However he did admit that the increase had resulted in fewer claims.
Lord Dyson has launched an extraordinary attack on the Ministry of Justice over the introduction of enhanced court fees. The Master of the Rolls described the research carried out by the MoJ as “hopeless”.