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Report No. 189

European jurisdictions

The position in Europe, as noted by the Civil Justice Council in its paper on Full Costs Recovery, is also some what similar. In Spain, for instance, no fees have been charged in civil cases since 1984. In Italy, there was no issue fee for very small money claims, family cases or cases relating to employment and social security. In Sweden, 6% of the total cost of civil cases in courts was met by "registration fees" and the balance of the total cost was paid from central funds.

In relation to Switzerland, the paper notes that "the proportion of costs met from fees varied between cantons and between types of court; the highest proportion in the sample was approximately 40% in the case of the District Courts of the Canton of Zurich, with 10-15% being more typical".



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