Civil and Family Court Fees

Civil and Family Court Fees


Below is a selection of civil and family court fees from form EX50.

Form EX50A sets out the full list of fees applicable in the civil and family courts.

The fees apply to, and are the same in, both the High Court, County Court and the Family Court, unless otherwise stated.

Civil Court Fees

Issuing claims

To issue a claim for money, the fees are based on the amount claimed, including interest. For Court Issued Claims, please round fractions of pence down to the nearest penny.

Value of ClaimCourt issued claim* Filed via SDT/MCOL
Up to£300£35£25
Greater than£300but no more than£500£50£35
Greater than£500but no more than£1,000£70£60
Greater than£1,000but no more than£1,500£80£70
Greater than£1,500but no more than£3,000£115£105
Greater than£3,000but no more than£5,000£205£185
Greater than£5,000but no more than£10,000£455£410
Greater than£10,000but no more than£15,0005 % of the value of the claim4.5 % of the value of the claim
Greater than£15,000but no more than£50,000
Greater than£50,000but no more than£100,000
Greater than£100,000but no more than£150,000N/a
Greater than£150,000but no more than£200,000N/a
Greater than£200,000£10,000N/a

* Maximum amount for Secure Data Transfer (SDT) or Money Claim OnLine (MCOL) £99,999.99

Secure Data Transfer is a secure system to enable customers issuing in bulk to upload and transfer data files directly from their systems to HM Courts & Tribunals Service systems.

To issue a claim for possession

 Fee
County Court possessions£355
Possession Claims Online (PCOL)£325

(PCOL can only be used for possessions concerning rent or mortgage arrears)

To issue a claim for something other than money the fees are based on where you start your claim e.g A claimant may use the Part 8 procedure where they seek the court’s decision on a question which is unlikely to involve a substantial dispute of fact. Civil injunctions e.g Gas injunctions, Anti-Social Behaviour injunctions, Civil injunctions against individuals.

If you file an application for an injunction and a claim for damages both court fees must be paid.

 Fee
High Court (including possession claims)£528
County Court£308
Permission to issue proceedings£55
Issue proceedings against a party or parties not named in the proceedings£55

General fees for civil proceedings

Small Claim Track where the amount claimed is:

 Fee
up to £300£25
between £300.01 and £500£55
between £500.01 and £1,000£80
between £1,000.01 and £1,500£115
between £1,500.01 and £3,000£170
more than £3,000£335
Fast track claim£545
Multi track claim£1,090
 Fee
Application on notice where no other fee is specified£255
Application to set aside a County Court judgment£255
Application by consent or without notice where no other fee is specified£100
* applications to vary (amend/change) or extend an injunction for protection from harassment or violence£50
* applications for a payment out of funds deposited in court£50
Application to vary (amend/change) a judgment (or order), suspend enforcement or suspend a warrant of possession or stay a High Court Writ£50
Application for a summons or order for a witness to attend court£50
Application for a certificate of satisfaction/cancellation of a judgment debt£15

* With notice means notification of the application to the other side, regardless of whether there is a hearing or not.

* Without notice means no notification of the application to the other parties, regardless of whether there is a hearing or not.

On filing an appellant’s notice or respondent’s notice in the:

 Fee
High Court£240
County Court
 - Small claims track£120
 - 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.

Insolvency proceedings

 Fee
Entering a petition to make someone who owes you money bankrupt (creditor’s petition)£280
Entering a winding-up petition (companies only)£280
Any other petition where no other fee is specified£280

These are just the court fees. An additional amount, known as the Official Receiver’s deposit, is payable at the same time as the court fee.

 Fee
Application to convert a voluntary arrangement into a bankruptcy or winding up£160
Application on notice in existing insolvency proceedings where no other fee is specified£155
Application 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
 Fee
On a general search in the records of the High Court for each 15 minutes or part 15 minutes£11
On a search in person, including where a court officer searches the bankruptcy and companies records in the County Court£45

Other civil court fees

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:

 Fee
- For between one and ten pages of any document£10
- For each subsequent page50p per page
- For copies of documents provided on computer disk or other electronic form£10

Where parties have agreed a dispute without issuing a claim or petition, but the issue of costs has not been agreed, either party can issue a claim for costs only proceedings.

 Fee
Starting costs-only proceedings£55

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.

 Fee
Application for an order under Part 3 of the Solicitors Act 1974 for the assessment of costs£55

Please see form EX50 for further information

Civil Enforcement proceedings

 Fee
To issue an application for an order for a debtor or other person to attend court to provide information£55
To request Bailiff service of an order for a debtor to attend court for questioning£110
 Fee
To issue a warrant of control (recovery of a sum of money) via Money Claims Online or County Court Business Centre£77
To issue a warrant of control (recovery of a sum of money) in any other case£110
To issue a warrant of delivery (for goods)£121
To issue a warrant of possession (recovery of a property or land)£121
To request a further attempt to execute a warrant at a new address, except where a warrant has been suspended£33
 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, there is no additional fee.

 Fee
Application for an attachment of earnings order£110
(a fee is payable for each defendant against whom the order is requested)

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.

 Fee
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£44
 Fee
Request or application:£66
- to register a judgment or order; or
 - for permission to enforce an arbitration award; or
 - for a certificate or certified copy of a judgment or order for use abroad

Please refer to the court leaflet EX325 – Third party debt orders and charging orders for further information.

 Fee
Application for a third party debt order£110
(A fee is payable for each party against whom the order is requested)

Please refer to the court leaflet EX325 – Third party debt orders and charging orders for further information.

 Fee
Application for an attachment of earnings order£110
(a fee is payable for each defendant against whom the order is requested)
 Fee
Application for a judgment summons£110

Family Court Fees

Family Enforcement proceedings

 Fee
Application in the family court for an order for such method of enforcement as the court may consider appropriate£50
 Fee
To issue an application for an order for a debtor or other person to attend court to provide information£50
To request Bailiff service of an order for a debtor to attend court for questioning£100
 Fee
Application for an attachment of earnings order£100
(a fee is payable for each defendant against whom the order is requested)
 Fee
Application for a charging order£100
(A fee is payable for each charging order applied for)
 Fee
Application for a judgment summons£100
 Fee
Application for a third party debt or garnishee order/Appointment of Receiver (A fee is payable for each party against whom the order is requested)£100
Application for enforcement of a judgement or order£100
 Fee
Request for enforcement of a warrant at a new address£30
Issue for a warrant of possession or a warrant of delivery£110
To issue a warrant of control (recovery of a sum of money)£100
 Fee
Sealing a writ of control/possession/delivery£60
Request/application to register a judgment or order£60

Please see form EX50 for additional family court fees.

Additional Information

Time for payment of fees

Court fees are payable at the time you file any document or start any process needing a fee, unless otherwise stated.

Methods of payment

Courts accept payment by debit or credit cards, cash, postal orders or cheques, which should be made payable to ‘HM Courts & Tribunals Service’. If you pay by cheque and it is dishonoured, the court will take steps to recover the money. Non-payment will result in your case being stayed (delayed) or even struck out (dismissed).

You can pay by debit or credit card over the phone by contacting the court or providing your contact details for making payment and provide any paperwork required. Please do not send your bank details to the court.

What if I cannot afford to pay a court fee?

You may not have to pay a fee, or you may get some money off it if you only have a small amount of savings and investments, receive certain benefits or are on a low income. This is sometimes known as ‘fee remission.’

You can apply for help with court and tribunal fees online at www.gov.uk/help-with- court-fees or through the ‘EX160 Apply for help with fees’ form and ‘EX160A – How to apply for help with fees’ guidance.

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 as long as you have told us that the claim should not be issued.

If your case settles please email or phone the relevant County Court hearing centre or business centre. The contact details can be found at www.gov.uk/find-court-tribunal

You should keep a record of the fact that you have told us.

If your claim has already been issued, you can recover the cost of your court fee from the defendant.

Please do not cancel a cheque or card payment to HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Cancellation of a cheque or payment could result in us pursuing the fee from you as a civil debt.

No other fee outlined within the civil and family fees order is subject to a refund.

HM Courts & Tribunals Service typically only refunds fees where the court has made a processing error, i.e. the court have processed a claim or application even though you have requested that it should not be processed.

If the court user has made an error the refunds will not be approved. Please note the court cannot be held responsible for processing duplicate applications or claims.

If you want to apply for a fee refund, please write to the relevant County Court hearing centre or business centre (details can be found on Court and Tribunal Finder www.gov.uk/find-court-tribunal) explaining why you think you should have a refund within three months of paying the fee. Applications outside this timeframe will not be accepted.

Please note that fee refunds will not be provided for claims issued through MCOL or PCOL unless there has been a system error, i.e. 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.

Online services

HM Courts & Tribunals Service has two Internet-based services: Money Claim Online (MCOL) for some money claims up to the value of £99,999.99, and Possession Claim Online (PCOL) for possessions concerning rent or mortgage arrears. You can use either of these simple, convenient and secure processes and pay a reduced fee online by debit or credit card.

Please see form EX50 for further information on court fees.

Please Note

The above information is extracted from HMCTS form EX50. We try to maintain up to date information. However, this is not always possible, and the fees are liable to change from time to time. You can visit the HMCTS website for more information.