You need to apply for help with fees at the same time as you make your court or tribunal application. You may not have to pay a fee or you may get some money off.
If you are applying online for a money claim you must use the online help with fees service. You cannot apply for help with fees if using the MCOL service.
If you are making a multiple claim or application, both applicants will need to make a separate application for help with fees and submit it to the court.
Eligibility and further information
To be eligible for help with fees you will usually:
- have less than £3,000 in savings and investments, and
- be receiving certain benefits, or be on a low income (including receiving other benefits)
You may also be eligible for help if you, or your partner:
- are over 61, or are paying a fee of more than £1,000, and you have more than £3,000 in savings and investments
- support children financially and earn more than £1,170 a month (before tax and National Insurance is taken off)
Apply for help with fees online.
You will need your
- 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 - if you’re self employed, include business account statements covering the last full calendar month
- payslips covering the last full calendar month (if you have them)
- your partner’s financial details covering the same period – unless your court or tribunal case is against them (for example an application to get divorced, annul your marriage or dissolve your civil partnership)
Find out how HM Courts and Tribunals Service uses personal information you give when you fill in a form.