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Court fees

This content applies to England & Wales

Court fees depend on the type of action being taken.

A fee is usually payable when a claim or an action is started in a court or tribunal.

Level of fee

The level of the fee will principally depend upon:

  • the type of action or claim being made
  • the court or the tribunal in which the claim is made. Fees for the High Court are higher than those in the county court
  • whether the claim is made online or not
  • when it is a money claim, the amount being claimed.

In respect of the action or claim being made there are, for example, separate fees for:

  • issuing a claim for possession
  • issuing a claim for possession online
  • filing an appeal against a possession order
  • applying for a warrant of possession
  • issuing a claim for permission to apply for judicial review.

Full details of the fees for court action are available from the HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

See Section 9 of the LEASE Guide to Applying to the First-tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) for more information on fees payable to a tribunal in actions concerning residential accommodation.

Paying the fee

The fee is payable by the claimant, except where a case proceeds on a counterclaim alone, when the fee is payable by the defendant.

The fee can be paid:

  • in person, at a court or tribunal by cheque, cash, debit or credit card
  • by post, with a cheque made out to 'HM Courts and Tribunals Service'
  • online, when a claim is made using the money claim online or possession claim online service.

Fee exemptions

People on a low income, on benefits, or receiving a small amount of services can apply for the fee to be waived or reduced. Court leaflet EX160A provides further information.

Help with paying fees is known as 'fee remission'.

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