The Ministry of Justice, the government department responsible for the Courts in England and Wales, has admitted to overcharging individuals for issuing Court proceedings in claims worth between £3,000 and £5,000. It has now set up a refund scheme to compensate those affected.
As a victim of personal injury, you are entitled to pursue a claim for compensation against the individual or company responsible for your injury. In an attempt to make the process of making a claim for compensation more efficient, the Ministry of Justice introduced an online Portal system which imposes strict timescales for dealing with claims.
In cases where liability is admitted, the injured party obtains independent medical evidence detailing the injuries suffered and providing a prognosis for resolution of symptoms and sends this to their opponent, together with details of financial losses suffered as a result of the accident. The parties then enter into negotiations to attempt to agree a settlement figure.
Many cases settle during this negotiation period and are resolved. However, in some cases the parties are unable to agree upon a reasonable figure for compensation. In these circumstances, they can make application to the Court to intervene and decide the case for them. If the Court’s involvement is required it is necessary to issue Court proceedings. When issuing a claim at Court there is a Court issue fee to pay. That fee differs depending upon the value you place on your claim. For a claim valued between £3,000 and £5,000 the Court issue fee should be £205.00.
The Ministry of Justice has recently discovered that since the Court fees changed in 2016, many individuals who issued Court proceedings because they were unable to reach agreement with their opponent over the value of their claim were charged a higher Court fee of £308 in error. The Ministry of Justice has now set up a refund scheme to reimburse the additional fees paid by individuals.
Here at Jordans Solicitors we have a dedicated Personal Injury Department with a breadth of knowledge and expertise in dealing with a range of claims for personal injury. We are able to guide you through the process of pursuing a claim for compensation both prior to issue of Court proceedings and after if Court proceedings are required. We work closely with you to ensure you recover the maximum level of compensation you deserve.