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I can''t pay court fees wht to do?

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18 Dec 12 #370760 by Marusya
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Hello, I’m self rep, I have got my final hearing in February.

I will be made redundant in the end of this month. I was working on the temp contract – 16h. a week. I am living with my 15 y.o son and my sister in the rented accommodation. My sister covers most of the house bill and food.

My LSC certificate was cancelled due to my work and child tax credits incise. I know that I can make a new application to LSC due to the change of my circumstances, but by the time LSC finish their assessment I will have to the Court for my final hearing.

I had directional hearing in the beginning of December. The judge said that I will have to pay for the final. I am not quite sure what she meant, but now I cannot pay any fees, as I will jobless by the end of this month.

Does anyone know how should I notify the Court about the changes of my circumstances and point out that I cannot pay any fees?

Any comments appreciated.

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18 Dec 12 #370767 by WhiteRose
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Is it Court Fees or Solicitor/Barrister fees?

If you are unable to afford representation, you may want to consider representing yourself.

With Legal Aid for financial division, you are aware of the Statutory Charge - where you will be required to pay back all or part of the legal aid costs from your financial gain.

Have you been given a bill for what will be owed once a decision is made?

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18 Dec 12 #370770 by Marusya
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Hello White Rose, thank you for your reply.
I am acting in person, since September 2012, my LSC certificate was cancelled due to my work and child tax credits incise.

I had directional hearing in the beginning of December. The judge said that I will have to pay my own costs at the final. I am not quite sure what she meant, but now I cannot pay any fees, as I will jobless by the end of this month.
I have no bill yet.

Thanks

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18 Dec 12 #370772 by WhiteRose
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Part of the decision within the AR process is if there will be a costs order (where one party pays for the others costs). I *think* what was meant, in your case, is that each of you will pay your own costs associated with the hearings/trial. There will be no costs order.

As you are Self repping - there will be no additional costs.

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18 Dec 12 #370773 by Marusya
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Thank you White Rose.

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