Statutory guidance

[Withdrawn] Court fees for the High Court, county court and family court

Updated 2 August 2016

This publication was withdrawn on 2 September 2016. Go to the updated list of fees for civil and family courts.

1. Introduction

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’).

You can only pay online by debit or credit card if you use Money Claim Online or Possession Claim Online.

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.

2. Refunds

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
Over £200,000 £10,000 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
County Court £355
High Court £528
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

Money 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.

Non-money claims

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

See court fees relating to the issue of costs only or cost assessment 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

Claim amount Fee
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
Over £3,000 £335

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

Application type Fee
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.

6. Appeals

The fee you pay when filing appellant’s notice or respondent’s notice depends on the court you file it in.

Application type Fee
High Court £240
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

Petition type Fee
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

Application type Fee
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

Searches type Fee
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.

Document service Fee
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
Claim amount Fee
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
Over £500,000 £6,160
Application type Fee
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

9.2 Warrants

Warrant type Fee
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)

Writ type Fee
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

Application

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

Proceeding type Fee
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 type Fee
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 type Fee
Application for a non-molestation order Free
Application for an occupation order Free

10.4 Forced marriage applications

Application type Fee
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.

10.5 Children

Applications under the Children Act 1989

Application type Fee
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.

10.6 Adoption

Children Act and adoption applications

Application type Fee
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 type Fee
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. Searches

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.

Search type Fee
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.

If you have a disability that makes going to court or communicating difficult, please contact the court concerned and they will be able to help you.

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