Ministry of Justice figures for 2014 show that judgements were issued in a total of 829,000 cases (not including family law matters).
This represents a 25% increase in judgements passed compared to 2013. In October to December 2014, the number of judgements was 196,000, this also represents an increase of 15% on the same quarter in the previous year.
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams have been ordered to pay $7.2 million dollars compensation to Marvin Gaye’s estate after their hit “Blurred Lines” was found to infringe the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 song “Got To Give It Up”.
As of April 2015, court fees across the United Kingdom are set to soar by 600 per cent in some cases.
Dismay ensued across the country upon announcement of the rise, expressed by the public and legal profession alike as the reality dawns that many could be denied a chance at justice as a result of such a hike.