Articles and Comment
Ryan Air Justice - comment on Court Fees
- On 13 April 2015 a new set of criminal court charges came into force. These were
slipped in using secondary legislation without debate or consultation, leading the law
Society to express its' outrage at 'back door' criminal court fees.
. If you plead guilty to a summary offence in the magistrates' the charge is £150 However if you plead not guilty but are then convicted the charge more than trebles to £520
. If you plead guilty to an either way offence in the magistrates the charge is £180 . However if you plead not guilty but are then convicted the charge increases more than fivefold to £1,000.
. In the Crown court, if you plead guilty you will be charged £900, while those convicted at a trial will have to pay £1,200.
There is no concept of ability to pay and the press has carried reports of destitute.... read full article