Courts: Fees and Charges

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 30th June 2015.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the monetary value is of criminal courts charges (a) imposed and (b) collected since 13 April 2015; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 requires the court to impose a charge on all adults convicted of a criminal offence. The charge must also be imposed for certain post conviction breach hearings and unsuccessful appeals. The criminal courts charge provisions came into force on 13 April 2015.

The government believes that all convicted adult offenders should pay towards the costs of running the criminal courts. It is only fair that offenders, who give rise to the costs of the criminal courts, should share the burden of those costs.

Information on the enforcement of financial impositions is routinely contained within an annex to Criminal Court Statistics Bulletin published quarterly by the Ministry of Justice.

The data for the period April to June 2015 will be published on 24 September 2015. This will include the monetary values of the criminal courts charge imposed and collected since 13 April 2015.

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