R v Lord Chancellor, ex parte Witham [1998]

LC,
acting under powers conferred on him by Supreme Court Act 1981, set certain
fees for issuing writs.
Applicant,
who wished to bring proceedings but could not afford fee, challenged decision.
Queen’s
Bench Division held citizen’s right of access to courts was common law
constitutional right.
Could
only be abrogated by specific statutory provision or by regulations made
pursuant to legislation which specifically conferred power to abrogate that
right.
Nothing
in Act to this effect.