The reformed fee structure introduces a new Table of Fees under Schedule 1A, Parts 1 and 2, which moves away from the current hybrid payment model and continues the trend to simplify fee structures by extending the use of inclusive or block fees.
Elements of the hybrid system of feeing is maintained to some extent but there are block fees for more stages of the case. The following existing block fees remain largely unchanged (other than in respect of the general increase in fee levels):
- Petition Fee
- Bail Appeal Fee; and
- Post-Conviction Fee.
Further blocks replace many but not all of the current detailed fees. Each block fee is chargeable where appropriate based on the circumstances and progress of the case, and each of the available block fees may be chargeable in any given case: a petition fee, bail appeal fee, communications fee, perusal fee, preparation fee, post-conviction fee.
Detailed fees will remain for the conduct of a hearing, “behind counsel”, waiting at court, and, where appropriate, travel.