Thousands of defendants will pay a surcharge of up to £1,200 from this week just for standing trial — with the biggest penalties for those who plead not guilty but are then convicted. The measures, slipped through in the last days of parliament, mean that guilty defendants will pay a court fee ranging from £150 to £1,200 on top of any fines imposed.
From today Twitter it will cost you up to £1200 to plead Not Guilty in a Magistrates Court. A completely new regardless of your means tax.
— Darin Millar (@defencelawyer) April 14, 2015