Court costs to soar

Justice minister Ivo Opstelten plans to increase the cost of going to court as part of measures to cut spending on the legal system by €240m.

The minimum tariff for a civil case will rise from €71 to €125 while the minimum fee for a case involving private individuals and the government will go up from between €41 and €152 to €500.
Individuals will only get the fee back if they win their case.
Opstelten said some 60% of people would be able to get a discount on the fees.
When news of the increased fees first leaked out in February, the national judges association NVVR said the move was unacceptable and irresponsible,

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