A discrepancy in Precedent H raises the question of whether court fees are to be included or are excluded in a costs budget. The judiciary have confirmed that they should be included.
For those who have already been involved in costs budgeting and completion of Precedent H you will no doubt have noticed the discrepancy in relation to court fees:
- Page 1 provides that the budget excludes certain items with the list of exclusions including Court fees
- Page 2 onwards requires Court fees for each phase of the litigation to be provided
When completing Precedent H, court fees are not excluded and they should be provided on page 2 onwards where applicable.
The up to date version of Precedent H removes reference to court fees in the list of exclusions on page 1. Therefore you need to make sure that you are using an up to date version.