CAS has responded to a Scottish Government consultation on proposed increases to court fees in Scotland.
The Scottish Government, in consultation with the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS), usually undertakes a review of the court fees raised in the majority of Scotland’s courts every 3 years and, as a result, new court fees are set for the following 3 years. The courts involved in such reviews are the High Court of Justiciary, the Court of Session, the Sheriff Appeal Court, the Sheriff Court including the Sheriff Personal Injury Court, the Justice of the Peace Court and the Office of the Public Guardian.
The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposals to revise court fees in Scotland so that the fees raised in our courts continue to contribute appropriately to the cost of the business undertaken in those courts. We are also seeking views on a range of potential changes to Scottish court fees, including:
• a 2% annual increase to court fees in each April of 2022, 2023, and 2024;
• exemptions in certain circumstances from the need to pay court fees;