Here is a recent debate on the proposed court fee rises in divorce proceedings that I took part in with Karen Dovaston. While I would not say I am exactly 'pro' Court fee rises. I view them as a necessary evil. The family justice system is struggling and investment is needed in order to bring about effective reform.
I am unconvinced that the family arena will be grossly affected. The fee remission system remains in place for those most in need and improvements to widen the scope of remissions are afoot. The government has a consultation in place until 15 September 2015 (accessible on the Ministry of Justice website) intended to look at the remissions scheme and how it can be made more generous to promote greater access to justice for the vulnerable. Though unpopular, such fee increases are a necessary evil for the greater goodIn order to streamline and improve efficiency, investment is clearly needed. Whether that investment is used for central divorce centres, better IT systems, online courts, new protocols or centres of excellence, these improvements must be funded somehow. I believe that, though unpopular, such fee increases are a necessary evil for the greater good.
http://communities.lawsociety.org.uk/family/features-and-comment/debate-proposed-fee-increases-for-divorce-proceedings/5050863.article?utm_source=crosssell&utm_medium=textandimage&utm_content=Debate: proposed fee increases for divorce proceedings&utm_campaign=communities