Apply for help with court and tribunal fees

Use this form to apply for financial help with a court or tribunal fee: you may not have to pay a fee, or you may get some money off.



You can also apply 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:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit
  • Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit)
  • Scottish Civil Legal Aid

Or if you earn:

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

You should still apply if:

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

What you’ll need:

  • National Insurance number
  • court or tribunal form name or number
  • case, claim 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)

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Published 22 March 2016
Last updated 31 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Forms updated
  2. Revised EX160A leaflet
  3. First published.