You might have to pay a fee if you go to a court or tribunal in England or Wales.

If you’re on a low income, or if you’re on certain benefits and don’t have much in savings, you might be able to get money off your court or tribunal fee.

How much you pay

The fees you need to pay at a court or tribunal depend on your claim or case. You may have to pay multiple fees, eg a hearing fee and an application fee.

Case Fee
Divorce or end a civil partnership £550
Claim money you’re owed From £25
Apply for probate £215
Appeal a benefits decision Free
Apply to an employment tribunal From £390
Apply for bankruptcy £680

Court and tribunal fees are different from legal costs, eg paying for a solicitor.

Read the list of fees for:

How to pay your court or tribunal fee

You can’t pay most fees online. Pay:

  • in person at a court or tribunal by cheque, cash, debit or credit card
  • by post with a cheque made out to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’

You can only pay online when you use:

There’s a different system of court fees in Scotland and Northern Ireland.