Court fee hike makes litigation an ‘expensive gamble’

By Felicity Nelson|16 September 2015
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The Law Society Northern Territory has expressed concerns about the increasing cost of Supreme Court filing fees.

In the 2015-16 financial year, a five-day hearing in the Supreme Court will cost an individual $9,426 and a corporation $17,683 in filing fees alone (not including any legal fees).

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Parties will be charged thousands of dollars to file a notice of appeal.

The government increased court fees substantially in 2013 and has increased fees each year since then, according to the society.

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“Litigating in the Supreme Court is becoming an extremely expensive gamble for [Northern] Territory people and businesses,” said society president Tass Liveris (pictured).

“The regular increasing of fees will hit individuals and businesses hard [...] There is a fundamental problem with the system when access to the court is only for those with the deepest pockets,” he added.

The society called on the government to introduce an evidence-based approach to fee hikes, in line with a 2013 Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee report.

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