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Panel approves draft law for increasing litigants legal fees in court

KUWAIT CITY, June 25: Parliament’s Legislative Committee has approved a draft law for increasing the legal fees for all litigants in the court by 4.5 percent for amounts less than KD 20,000 and by 2.5 percent for amounts equal to or higher than KD 20,000, reports Aljarida daily.

The committee also approved increasing the fees for urgent costs to KD 30 and cases pending at the Court of First Instance to up to KD 50 for cases that are not financial defined in addition to KD 5 for alerts. The first article of the draft law, which is expected to be approved in the session of July 3, states that the draft law on judiciary independence will be replacing article 6, 7, 18 and 19 of Law No. 17/1973.

The amended articles 6 and 7 state that the abovementioned increase in fees will apply while KD 100 will be fees for bankruptcy cases.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Commerce and Industry has received several complaints from citizens via phone calls concerning brokers who pretend to be owners of real-estate agencies and collect down payment or full amounts after which they disappear without handing over the purchased real-estate or returning the down payment, reports Al-Shahed daily.

A Kuwaiti citizen, who revealed that he is a victim of such a swindling operation, explained that many brokers advertise in newspapers about real-estate projects inside and outside Kuwait. They use various methods of deception for selling properties, apartments, villas or chalets that may not even exist in reality.

One of the methods used by the brokers is the claim that the paperwork of the land property is still under process to give a false impression to the buyer and make the latter pay the money. However, it is after the money is paid that the buyer discovered the property or paperwork never existed. The ministry has discovered cases wherein large amounts have been deposited in company accounts as short sale, which puts the clients in serious problems.

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