Form EX160: Apply for help with court and tribunal fees

Use Form EX160 to apply for help with fees from a court or tribunal hearing. 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:

  • 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

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
  • 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 3 May 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added fee remissions contribution calculator.

  2. Forms updated

  3. Revised EX160A leaflet

  4. First published.