Form EX160: Apply for help with court and tribunal fees

Use form EX160 to apply for help with fees from a court or tribunal. You may not have to pay a fee, or you may get some money off. Includes EX160A and EX160C.



You can also apply for help with fees online.

To be eligible you will usually have less than £3,000 in savings and investments, and be on a low income or receiving certain benefits.

Apply if you’re receiving one of these benefits:

  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit (and you’re earning less that £6,000 a year)
  • Pension Credit (guarantee credit)
  • Scottish Legal Aid (civil claims)

Or if you earn:

  • less than £1,085 a month before tax and National Insurance has been taken off (this can include other benefits, eg working tax credit, child tax credit)

You should still apply if you or your partner:

  • are over 61 and you have more than £3,000 in savings and investments
  • support children financially and earn more than £1,085 a month (before tax and National Insurance is taken off)

You can use the ‘fee remissions contribution calculator’ to work out the maximum contribution you’ll make towards a court or tribunal fee.

What you’ll need:

  • National Insurance number or a Home Office reference number
  • court or tribunal form number
  • case, claim, appeal or ‘notice to pay’ number (if you have one)
  • most recent bank statement for all current accounts
  • most recent payslip (if you have one)
  • most recent tax return (if you’re self employed)
  • your partner’s financial details – unless your court or tribunal case is against them

More information

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Find out how HM Courts and Tribunals Service uses personal information you give when you fill in a form.

Published 22 March 2016
Last updated 20 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Revised EX160 form and easy read version of the guide.

  2. Added fee remissions contribution calculator.

  3. Forms updated

  4. Revised EX160A leaflet

  5. First published.