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N244 Application fee to rise from £155 to £255

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If a person receives notification of a County Court judgment that they had not known about, (normally because the summons etc had been either sent to a previous address or had been incorrectly addressed etc) then they can approach the court to request that the judgment be 'set aside'. The procedure is outlined in the following 'Sticky'.

 

http://www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk/forum/showthread.php?454644-What-Form-What-For-Where-does-it-go

 

An application to 'set aside' the judgment or to 'stay' the proceedings is made on a court form called an N244 (known as a General Application).

 

At present there is a court fee for filing an N244 of £155. If the person submitting an N244 is in receipt of qualifying benefits, they may be exempt from paying this fee. They would be required to complete an EX160 form.

 

Last year the government issued a Consultation paper to seek views on increasings the fees for N244 applications (and many other court fees as well). There was an overwhelming response opposing the fee increases. Despite this, the cost of filing an N244 Application is to rise from £155 to £255.

 

There are many other fees increases, one being the court fee for issuing a claim in the County Court. If a claim is made for a value of between £1,000 to £5,000, the issue fee will be £205.

 

The link below is to an article from the Law Gazette. The online comments are worthy of reading!

 

http://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/senior-judges-lambast-government-over-court-fees/1/5053272.article?PageNo=1&SortOrder=dateadded&PageSize=10#comments

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This is part of the current governments process of making end users pay for things they use, rather than more from general taxation. Plus it has the added bonus of reducing the number of applications. From a government point of view, it was probably too attractive.


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