The criminal courts charge, introduced by former Justice Secretary Chris Grayling in March 2015, is to be scrapped. 

The controversial charge has been the subject of debate for most of the year, with many arguing that it fails to provide adequate access to justice and was 'grossly disproportionate'. 

The charge was levied on top of fines and compensation orders and undoubtedly encouraged defendants to plead guilty to avoid huge costs. 

This is being hailed as a victory for justice today. Though critics argue much more needs to be done to tackle the state of the court system, which they claim is hugely weighted against the poorest in society.