HC Deb 22 November 1999 vol 339 c43W
Mr. Dismore

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make a statement on the decision of some county courts to charge fees to litigants for the staying of cases in accordance with the guidance of Sir Michael Scott after Dimondv. Lovell. [98544]

Jane Kennedy

If a party makes a formal application to the court to stay a case on the grounds of Dimondv. Lovell, a fee will automatically be charged. If the application is granted on the basis of the guidance by Sir Richard Scott, the Vice-Chancellor, the party may ask the court to refund the fee. Only in those cases where the court stays a case of its own motion will a fee not be payable.