The new issue fee
The changes to the issue fee for claims worth over £10,000, especially if they are also over £20,000 or so, are eye watering.
These reforms are a further erosion of people’s ability to stand up for themselves using our legal system. The senior judiciary have produced a response to the reforms that sets out in beautifully precise language the full ramifications of the government's approach to this issue and this is available here: http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/JCO/Documents/Consultations/senior-judiciary-response-court-fees-proposals-for-reform.pdf.
The rule of law on which a democratic society is founded rests on citizens having access to the courts. A Court system has to be a service provided by the state in a democracy and this is not reliant on the costs involved. The reforms undermine that in a practical sense and, which is more worrying, the government's philosophy that has lead them to this position is an attack on the nature of our democracy.