500% court fee increase to go ahead despite opposition

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The Government has announced that plans to implement increases of up to 500% in court fees for immigration and asylum cases will go ahead, despite all but five of 147 responses from the Government consultation opposing the move.

René Cassin submitted evidence raising serious concerns around access to justice.

Mia Hasenson-Gross, Director of René Cassin, responded to the news by stating that:

“René Cassin is disappointed that despite almost blanket opposition the Government are going ahead with plans to increase court fees by 500% for the immigration and asylum tribunal.  This will result in justice being delayed and denied to some of the most vulnerable people in our society. This decision lacks a basic sense of fairness on which the British legal system prides itself. 

Whilst we welcome the Government’s announcement of its intention to exempt some of the most vulnerable people from the cost hikes there is still understandable consternation from within faith communities. As such, we will be following up with the Ministry of Justice to ensure this is implemented appropriately.”