High court fees mean companies don’t chase up small debts

The increase in court fees over the past two years means many companies no longer chase up people with small debts, the AD reports on Monday.

A dispute over an unpaid bill used to cost €70 to €200 but that has now risen to about €700, the paper says. This means it is not cost-effective for firms to pursue small claims.

The national statistics office CBS says the number of small claims has gone down by 20% since the fees were raised. A number of MPs are now calling on the government to reverse the fee increases, the paper says.

The issue will be debate in parliament shortly.

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