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This publication is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fees-for-civil-and-family-courts/court-fees-for-the-high-court-county-court-and-family-court
This publication was withdrawn on 2 September 2016. Go to the updated list of fees for civil and family courts.
These apply to, and are the same in, both the High Court, County Court and the Family Court, unless otherwise stated. Your local court can help you find any fee that you can’t find in this document.
You must pay the fee when you file any document or start any process, unless otherwise stated.
1.1 How to pay
You can pay the court by debit or credit card, cash, postal order or cheque. Make cheques payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’. If your cheque bounces, the court will take steps to recover the money.
If you don’t pay, your case will be delayed (‘stayed’) or dismissed (‘struck out’).
1.2 If you can’t afford to pay the fee
If you can’t afford the fee, you may be eligible for a fee remission in full or in part. The combined booklet and application form ‘EX160A - Apply for help with fees’ gives all the information you need.
You can get a copy online or from any court hearing centre.
If you have applied to issue a claim by post, and the defendant settles the dispute before your claim is processed by the court or business centre, you will be entitled to a refund provided you have let us know that the claim should not be issued.
To let us know your case has already been settled please notify the relevant County Court hearing centre or business centre via email or telephone.
You should keep a record of the fact that you have notified the HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
If your claim has already been issued, you can recover the cost of your court fee from the defendant.
Under no circumstances should you cancel a cheque or card payment to HM Courts and Tribunals Service. Cancellation of a cheque or payment could result in HM Courts and Tribunals Service pursuing the fee from you as a civil debt.
Aside from the County Court hearing fee, no other fee outlined within the civil fees order is subject to a refund. HM Courts and Tribunals Service typically only refunds fees where the court has made a processing error, ie the court have processed a claim or application even though you have requested that it should not be processed.
In instances where the court user has made an error no refunds will be approved. Please note the court cannot be held responsible for processing duplicate applications or claims.
Should you wish to apply for a fee refund, please write to the relevant County Court hearing centre or business centre outlining the grounds for your refund request within 2 months of the fee having being paid. Applications outside this timeframe won’t be accepted. Please note that no fee refunds will be provided for claims issued via MCOL or PCOL unless there has been a system error, ie where a fee has been charged twice.
Refunds requested under the fee remission scheme will not be provided in relation to fees paid on MCOL.
3. Civil court fees
3.1 Money claims
|Claim amount||Court issued fee||Filed via Money Claim Online or Secure Data Transfer|
|Up to £300||£35||£25|
|£300 to £500||£50||£35|
|£500 to £1,000||£70||£60|
|£1,000 to £1,500||£80||£70|
|£1,500 to £3,000||£115||£105|
|£3,000 to £5,000||£205||£185|
|£5,000 to £10,000||£455||£410|
|£10,000 to £15,000||5% of the claim||4.5% of the claim|
|£15,000 to £50,000||5% of the claim||4.5% of the claim|
|£50,000 to £100,000||5% of the claim||4.5% of the claim|
|£100,000 to £200,000||5% of the claim||n/a|
Fees are payable based on the amount you’re claiming, including interest. For court issued claims, please round fractions of pence down to the nearest penny.
3.2 Non-money claims
To issue a claim for something other than money, including possession, the following fees will be payable based on where you start your claim.
|Where you claim||Fee|
|Possession Claims Online (PCOL) for rent or mortgage arrears only||£325|
|County Court (not including possessions)||£308|
Certain non-money claims will attract hearing fees. Check with the court to see if your case is affected.
3.3 Counterclaims and additional claims
The court fee payable is based on the value of the counterclaim or additional claims and where the original claim was issued. If the original claim was issued in a court, the court issue fee applies. If the claim was issued through MCOL or the County Court Business Centre, the reduced MCOL fees apply.
The court fee payable is based on where the original claim was made, either in the High Court or County Court. The court fees are set out in the non-money claim table.
3.4 Costs proceedings
4. General fees for civil proceedings
These fees are payable by the claimant. Where a case proceeds on a counterclaim alone, the fees are payable by the defendant.
4.1 Hearing fees
Small Claim Track
|Up to £300||£25|
|£300.01 to £500||£55|
|£500.01 to £1,000||£80|
|£1,000.01 to £1,500||£115|
|£1,500.01 to £3,000||£170|
Fast track claim
The fee is £545.
Multi track claim
The fee is £1,090.
The hearing fee must be paid at the same time the pre-trial checklist is filed. If pre-trial checklists are not required, or the case is on the small claims track, the fees must be paid within 14 days of either:
- the despatch of the notice of the trial date or trial week
- the date when you are told the trial date or trial week, if no written notice is given
If you don’t pay a fee when required the court can make an order which may lead to your claim, counterclaim or defence being struck out. This means you can’t continue with your claim or counterclaim.
4.2 Refunding hearing fees
Small claim hearing
You could get a full refund of the hearing fee if you notify the court in writing, at least 7 clear calendar days (excluding the date of receipt and date of hearing) before the trial date or start of the trial week, that the case is settled or discontinued.
Fast track, multi track or non-money claim hearing
You could get a refund of some or all of the hearing fee if you notify the court in writing that the case is settled or discontinued. How much you get depends on when you notify the court.
|When you notify the court||Refund amount|
|Fewer than 7 days before the hearing||0%|
|7 to 14 days before the hearing||50%|
|15 to 28 days before the hearing||75%|
|More than 28 days before the hearing||100%|
5. General applications
|On notice where no other fee is specified||£255|
|Vary or extend an injunction for protection from harassment or violence (with notice)||£155|
|Set aside a County Court judgment||£255|
|By consent or without notice where no other fee is specified||£100|
|Vary or extend an injunction for protection from harassment or violence (by consent or without notice)||£50|
|For a payment out of funds deposited in court (by consent or without notice)||£50|
|Vary a judgment, suspend enforcement or suspend a warrant of possession||£50|
|Summons or order for a witness to attend court||£50|
|Certificate of satisfaction of a judgment debt||£15|
You don’t pay a fee for an application by consent for an adjournment of a hearing if received by the court at least 14 days before the date of the hearing.
The fee you pay when filing appellant’s notice or respondent’s notice depends on the court you file it in.
|County Court - small claims track||£120|
|County Court - all other claims||£140|
Other fees are payable in appeal proceedings where applications are made. These fees do not apply on appeals against a decision made in detailed cost assessment proceedings.
7. Insolvency proceedings
7.1 Bankruptcy and company winding-up petitions
|Declare yourself bankrupt (debtor’s petition)||£180|
|Make someone who owes you money bankrupt (creditor’s petition)||£280|
|Winding-up petition (companies only)||£280|
|Any other petition where no fee is specified||£280|
These are just the court fees. An additional sum, known as the Official Receiver’s deposit, is payable in cash at the same time as the court fee. The court processing your application will tell you how much the deposit is.
Some insolvency proceedings are allocated to the multi-track and will attract the multi-track hearing fees.heck with the court to see if your case is affected.
7.2 Other applications
|Convert a voluntary arrangement into a bankruptcy or winding up||£160|
|Notice in existing insolvency proceedings where no fee is specified||£155|
|By consent or without notice in existing insolvency proceedings where no other fee is specified||£50|
|Request for a certificate of discharge from bankruptcy||£70|
|Request for a copy of a certificate of discharge from bankruptcy||£10|
7.3 Bankruptcy searches
|General search in the records of the High Court for each 15 minutes or part 15 minutes||£11|
|Search in person, including where a court officer undertakes the search of the bankruptcy and companies records in the County Court||£50|
8. Civil and Family Court fees
8.1 Copy documents
If you ask the court to make copies of documents, receive or send a fax on your behalf, or provide a copy of a document already provided, there is a fee to pay.
|Between 1 to 10 pages of any document||£10|
|Extra pages of the same document||50p per page|
|Copies of documents provided on computer disk or other electronic form||£10|
8.2 Costs-only proceedings
Where parties have agreed a dispute without having issued a claim or petition, but the issue of costs has not been agreed, either party can issue a claim for costs only proceedings.
The fee for starting costs-only proceedings is £55.
8.3 Costs assessment proceedings
Where a client is legally represented and there is a dispute over the amount of costs payable to the solicitor, the client can make an application for the costs to be assessed by the court.
The fee for an application for an order under Part 3 of the Solicitors Act 1974 for the assessment of costs is £55.
8.4 Determination of costs
Filing a request for a detailed assessment
Where the party who files the request is legally aided or funded by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA), the fee is £220.
The fee for the following requests depends on the amount of costs you’re claiming:
- filing a request for a detailed assessment where the party filing the request is not legally aided or funded by the LAA
- a request for a hearing date for the assessment of costs following an order under Part 3 of the Solicitors Act 1974
|Up to £15,000||£369|
|£15,000.01 to £50,000||£743|
|£50,000.01 to £100,000||£1,106|
|£100,000.01 to £150,000||£1,480|
|£150,000.01 to £200,000||£1,848|
|£200,000.01 to £300,000||£2,772|
|£300,000.01 to £500,000||£4,620|
|Appealing against a decision made in detailed assessment proceedings||£231|
|Request to issue a default costs certificate||£66|
|Request or application to set aside a default costs certificate costs||£121|
|The fee for an application for approval of a costs certificate payable from the Civil Legal Aid Fund (if the original request for detailed assessment was filed before 1 July 2013)||£50|
9. Enforcement proceedings
If the court has ordered someone to pay you a sum of money or to return your goods, property or land, and they have not done so, you can issue enforcement proceedings.
9.1 Order to obtain information from a debtor
There are 2 ways of getting a debtor or other person to attend court to provide information.
|Method of obtaining information||Fee|
|Application for an order to provide information||£55|
|Bailiff service of an order to provide information||£110|
|Issue a warrant of control (recovery of a sum of money) via Money Claims Online or County Court Business Centre||£77|
|Issue a warrant of control (recovery of a sum of money) in any other case||£110|
|Issue a warrant of delivery (for goods)||£121|
|Issue a warrant of possession (recovery of a property or land)||£121|
|Request a further attempt to execute a warrant at a new address, except where a warrant has been suspended||£33|
9.3 Writs (High Court only)
|Sealing a writ of control (recovery of a sum of money)||£66|
|Sealing a writ of delivery (for goods)||£66|
|Sealing a writ of possession (recovery of a property or land)||£66|
Where a warrant or writ of delivery or possession also includes a claim for money, no additional fee is payable.
9.4 Attachment of earnings
The fee for an application for an attachment of earnings order (a fee is payable for each defendant against whom the order is requested) is £110.
On a consolidated attachment of earnings order, a fee of 10p for every £1, or part £1, of money paid into court, is deducted from the money before it is paid out to the creditors.
9.5 Enforcing an award in the County Court
An application for the enforcement of an award for a sum of money or other decision made by any court, tribunal, body or person other than the High Court or County Court, (unless where exceptions apply) costs £44.
9.6 Enforcing an award in the High Court
A request or application for any of the following costs £66:
- registering a judgment or order
- permission to enforce an arbitration award
- a certificate or certified copy of a judgment or order for use abroad
9.7 Charging order
An application for a charging order costs £110. A fee is payable for each charging order applied for.
9.8 Third party debt order
An application for a third party debt or garnishee order costs £110. A fee is payable for each party against whom the order is requested.
9.9 Judgment summons
An application for a judgment summons costs £110.
9.10 Certified Enforcement Agent
Other non-money fee for County Courts is £308.
Method of enforcement as the court may consider appropriate
An application in the family court for an order for such method of enforcement as the court may consider appropriate is £50.
10. Family Court fees
Not all courts can deal with family cases. You can find the full list of courts, and information about what work they do, online or by telephoning your local court.
10.1 Marriage and civil partnership proceedings
|Filing an application for a divorce, nullity or civil partnership dissolution||£550|
|Filing an application for judicial separation||£365|
|Filing an application for a second or subsequent matrimonial or civil partnership order with permission granted under Family Procedure Rules 2010 rule 7.7 (1)(b).||£95|
|Filing an answer to an application for a matrimonial or civil partnership order||£245|
|Filing an amended application for a matrimonial or civil partnership order||£95|
|Filing an application to start proceedings where no other fee is specified||£245|
|Filing an application to make a decree nisi, absolute (divorce), or a conditional order, final (dissolution) - only if the original application for divorce, nullity or civil partnership dissolution was filed before 1 July 2013||£50|
10.2 Financial orders
|Application for a financial order, other than by consent||£255|
|Application by consent for a financial order||£50|
10.3 Applications for injunctions
Family homes and domestic violence applications.
|Application for a non-molestation order||Free|
|Application for an occupation order||Free|
10.4 Forced marriage applications
|Application for a forced marriage protection order under Part 4 or Part 4A of the Family Law Act 1996.||Free|
|Applications to commence proceedings and applications in existing proceedings to vary or discharge an order for a non-molestation, occupation or forced marriage protection order||Free|
The respondent is still liable to pay the fee, except if a fee remission is granted. See the Applications within proceedings section for the application fees.
Applications under the Children Act 1989
|Request permission to issue proceedings or for an order or directions to be made concerning the child(ren) - with the exception of applications for care and supervision orders, applications for breach of or for revocation of an enforcement order||£215|
|Application for breach of or for revocation of an enforcement order||£95|
Applications to issue new proceedings under the Children Act 1989 are defined as any application for an order where there are no proceedings for the child(ren) currently being considered by the court.
If proceedings under the Children Act 1989 are already being considered for the child(ren) the application fee for applications within proceedings will be charged. See the section headed Applications within proceedings for further details.
The court leaflet ‘CB1 - Making an Application – Children and the Family Courts’ provides more information on the types of Children Act applications and who can make them.
Children Act and adoption applications
|On an application for permission, or an order, made under any provision in Part 1 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 except s.22||£170|
|Application for a placement order (section 22)||£455|
Where an application is made or permission is sought under 2 or more provisions of the Children Act 1989, or the Adoption and Children Act 2002, or the Children and Adoption Act 2006, only one fee is payable, and if the fees are different, the highest fee is paid.
10.7 Maintenance orders
Please see the enforcement proceedings section for details of the fees applicable when applying for an order to enforce an order for the payment of money. If you wish to vary an existing Maintenance Order see the Applications within proceedings section.
10.8 Request for service
A request for service by a Bailiff for any document costs £110.
10.9 Applications within proceedings
|Application on notice where no other fee is specified||£155|
|Application by consent or without notice where no other fee is specified||£50|
Filing a notice of appeal
|Notice of appeal||Fee|
|Any decision in family proceedings made by a district judge the one or more lay justices, a justice’s clerk or an assistant to a justice’s clerk, except appeal against decisions under the Children Act 1989||£125|
|Any provision of the Children Act 1989, except in relation to appeals for breach of or revocation of an enforcement order||£215|
11.1 Index of decrees absolute or final orders
These are for any specified period of 10 calendar years or the 10 most recent years.
|National central index of decrees absolute/final orders||£65|
|National central index of parental responsibility agreements||£45|
|Any specific family court or District Registry index of decrees absolute/final orders||£45|
The fee includes a copy of the agreement, if appropriate.
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