2. Court fees

You must pay a court fee when you make your claim.

The fee for making a money claim online is cheaper than the fee for sending a paper claim form.

If you know the claim amount

The court fee is based on the amount you’re claiming, plus interest.

Claim amount Paper form fee Online claim fee
Up to £300 £35 £25
£300.01 to £500 £50 £35
£500.01 to £1,000 £70 £60
£1,000.01 to £1,500 £80 £70
£1,500.01 to £3,000 £115 £105
£3,000.01 to £5,000 £205 £185
£5,000.01 to £10,000 £455 £410
£10,000.01 to £100,000 5% of the claim 4.5% of the claim
£100,000.01 to £200,000 5% of the claim You can’t make a claim online
More than £200,000 £10,000 You can’t make a claim online

To calculate 5% of the value of the claim, take the amount you’re claiming and multiply it by 0.05. If necessary, round down the result to the nearest 1p.

The fee will be calculated for you if you make your claim online.

If you don’t know the claim amount

Choose the range for the amount you’re claiming.

Claim amount Fee
Up to £10,000 £500
£10,000 to £25,000 £1,250
More than £25,000 £10,000

You must use the paper claim form if you don’t know the exact amount - you can’t make a claim online.

Pay the court fee

Pay by credit or debit card if you’re making a claim online.

If you use the paper claim form, pay with a postal order or cheque (payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’).

You may have to pay more fees later on - for example, if there’s a court hearing or you need to get a judgment enforced.

You may be able to claim the fees back if you win the case.

Find out more about court fees.