Fee remissions for the courts and tribunals

Closed 16 May 2013

Opened 18 Apr 2013

Results updated 11 Sep 2013

A total of 64 responses to the consultation were received from representative bodies, legal bodies, trade unions, public bodies, voluntary bodies, judicial bodies, individuals and other interested parties.

This document includes the background to the report,  the reforms of the fee remission system,  the next steps following this consultation and a summary of the responses to the report.



This consultation paper sets our proposals for reform of the fee remissions system, which ensures that access to justice is maintained for those individuals on lower incomes who would otherwise have difficultly paying a fee to use court or tribunal services.

The objective of these reform proposals is to create a single system of fee remissions (waivers) for all fee paying courts and tribunals which is simple to use, more cost efficient and better targeted to those who need it the most.

The consultation is aimed at groups and individuals who have an interest in access to justice in the civil courts in England and Wales, a range of tribunals which operate in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, the UK wide Gender Recognition Panel and the UK Supreme Court.


  • Businesses
  • Citizens
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Litigants
  • Charities
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Legal professionals
  • Judiciary


  • Access to justice