HC Deb 08 December 1986 vol 107 c1W
Mr. Hume

asked the Attorney-General if he will make it his policy to reduce the cost of an appeal in cases of criminal injury to the county courts in Northern Ireland from its current level of £50 to bring it into proportion to the cost of other court fees.

The Attorney-General

After consultation with the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and with the concurrence of the Treasury, the Lord Chancellor is responsible for determining the amount of fees payable in court proceedings in Northern Ireland. It is Government policy that fees levied in the civil courts shall cover the full cost of civil proceedings, less judicial costs. The current fee of £50 is calculated in accordance with this policy, and is comparable with other fees charged for the initiation of proceedings in the county court and the High Court.