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The courts have recently reminded a litigant in person that there is no special treatment when unrepresented. Handing him an interim costs order to pay 60% of the claimant’s costs upfront, totalling £100,000. 
 
Judge Paul Matthews stated that “There are not two sets of rules for litigation in this jurisdiction, one for represented litigant and one for unrepresented” 
 
This outcome was a direct result of the conduct of the litigant in person, being ‘well out of the norm for a court case’. 
 
This topic may be one of controversy due to its nature with some professionals applauding the decision and some questioning it. 
The Ministry of Justice this week opened a consultation on a plan to increase Court fees by around 8% across the board, Court fees have not increased since 2016. 
 
With the proposed rise of court fees, the threshold to be able to receive help with fees is also going to rise, this will make more people eligible for assistance with court fees. 
 
There is a significant difference between the figure for the running costs of the HMCTS to the income received from the court and tribunal fees. Thus, meaning more funding is needed and this naturally comes from the taxpayer. 
 
Fees for filing an application for a divorce, nullity or civil partnership dissolution will increase from £550 to £592, with an application for parental order going from £215 to £232. 
 
If this proposal is implemented, it will come into effect late September/early October. 
The Ministry of Justice has developed a mediation voucher scheme, whereby a contribution of up to £500 per case/family to the mediation costs of a child arrangements case will be offered, encouraging people to seek to resolve their disputes outside of court where appropriate to do so. 
 
The purpose of the scheme is to promote the benefits of mediation and divert matters where appropriate away from the family courts. The scheme will offer mediation participants a financial contribution of up to £500 per family towards the total costs of their mediation. 
 
Vouchers can be granted to families where participants have attended a pre-mediation meeting (MIAM) from today (26 March) onwards, and will be paid directly to mediators who have registered to take part in the scheme. 
 
Full details of the scheme, how to take part and how vouchers are allocated can be found on the FMC website. 
https://www.familymediationcouncil.org.uk/mediation-voucher-scheme/ 

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