The last element of good sense in the Court fee structure is to disappear as of March 2017. Gordon Exall and Kerry Underwood are right. The ending of hearing fee refunds for settled cases is counter productive muddled thinking on the part of the MoJ. The District Bench will now see a significant increase in small claims and lower value trials, in the absence of this incentive to settle. More litigants in person will appear. Lists will get longer. Any discernible improvement to the service is however unlikely.