Lord Chancellor goes to court
Friday 21 February 1997
The challenge is being brought by former businessman John Witham, 50, who is on income support and cannot afford a pounds 500 fee to issue a writ for libel. The new rules, brought in on 15 January, increased the maximum writ fee from pounds 120 to pounds 500 and abolished the exemption for people on income support. If Mr Witham succeeds, Lord Mackay may have to pay back fees collected since the rules came into effect. Patricia Wynn Davies
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