Court fees

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

If you know the claim amount

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

Claim amount Fees
Up to £300 £35
£300.01 to £500 £50
£500.01 to £1,000 £70
£1,000.01 to £1,500 £80
£1,500.01 to £3,000 £115
£3,000.01 to £5,000 £205
£5,000.01 to £10,000 £455
£10,000.01 to £200,000 5% of the claim
More than £200,000 £10,000

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 do not know the claim amount

Use the paper claim form if you do not know the exact amount - you cannot make a claim online.

You’ll need to estimate the amount you’re claiming and pay the fee for that amount.

For example, if you estimate you’re claiming between £3,000.01 and £5,000, you’d have to pay £205.

If you leave the ‘amount claimed’ blank, the fee is £10,000.

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 by credit or debit card by sending a letter with your form asking to pay by card. Include your telephone number and a suitable time for the court to call you and take the payment.

You can also pay by postal order or cheque (payable to ‘HM Courts and Tribunals Service’) if you use the paper claim form.

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.