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

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

Fees are paid if you are, for example:

  • divorcing or ending a civil partnership
  • claiming money you’re owed
  • applying for probate
  • applying to an employment tribunal

You may have to pay more than one fee - eg if there are several steps to the court process.

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

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How to pay your court or tribunal fee

You can normally pay by debit or credit card, cash, postal order or a cheque (made payable to ‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service’ unless stated otherwise).

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