Court Fees

If you are bringing or defending  a claim before the courts you will need to pay a court fee.

The amount will depend on the type of claim you are dealing with and at what

stage of the proceedings you are at.

Please call us for a free no obligation chat on 0800 3 10 11 12


The Court has a system made from three concessions. Concessions 1 and 2 allow a full remission of Court fees if the individual receives a means-tested benefit or their gross annual income is below a certain threshold.

Concession 3 provides part remission or contribution towards fees if the individual would suffer financial hardship after paying the Court fees.

To apply for remission of Court fees, the Court Form EX160 should be completed. It is recommended that the reduction is applied when the claim commences but a reduction in Court fees can be applied for at any stage during the litigation.


An individual will be exempt from paying fees if;

1. The individual or their partner receives Pension Credit guarantee credit
2. The individual receives Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
3. The individual’s gross annual income is below the current threshold and either;

– The individual receives Working Tax Credit with a disability element or severe disability element or

– The individual and their partner receive Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit between them.

Gross annual income is calculated before income tax and other deductions are made. The Inland Revenue will send an award notice stating the gross annual income. If you receive Working Tax Credit, the award notice will state whether you receive a disability element or severe disability element.


The Court may conclude that the individual does not have to pay Court fees, or a reduction in Court fees because they would suffer financial hardship. Therefore even if the individual does not fulfil the criteria above they can still apply for remission of Court fees if they believe that they would suffer financial hardship.

Supporting Evidence

When making the application, the Court requires supporting evidence of the individual’s income in order to assess the application. The evidence required depends on the basis of the application.

Applying To The Court

The form EX160 must be completed alongside the supporting documentation. It must be taken or posted to the County Court that is dealing with the claim.

What Happens Next?

The Court will usually deal with the application within 5 working days. The Court can deal with the application urgently but only in exceptional circumstances and the deadline explained.

The Court will then come to one of two conclusions;

1. If the Court admits the application and Court fees are not payable, the Court documents will be processed.
2. If the Court does not allow the application or allows a reduction in Court fees, a letter will be sent declaring the amount of Court fees payable and the reason for the decision. The decision can be appealed by sending a letter to the Court Manager.

Refunds Of Court Fees

If an individual has paid Court fees without applying for an exemption or remission, the fees can be refunded. This is completed on a form EX160 application but it must be within 6 months from the date the Court fees were paid. Furthermore, the evidence provided for a refund must contain the details that would have allowed for exemption or remission on the date the Court fees were paid.

Video About Court Fees

Adam Cresswell - Seatons Solicitors

Expert information about Court Fees

Hello, I am Adam Cresswell and I am the Head of Seatons Solicitors Civil Litigation Department.

We are specialists in Civil Litigation matters. Dealing with a dispute, whether it is small or large, can be a particularly stressful experience, especially if you are unsure about the costs and procedures involved. Our Litigation Team regularly handle a wide range of disputes and we can provide practical and specialist advice with the aim of resolving your dispute quickly and cost-effectively.

Contact us for a free no obligation initial chat. 

If you have a Civil Litigation matter and are thinking about pursuing it then please call us.

All you need do is simply pick up the phone and give us a call on 01536 276300 or use our online enquiry form and we can take things from there.

Latest Articles About Civil Litigation

4 Million iPhone Users Allowed To Sue Google for ‘Unlawful’ Data Aggregation

Anyone engaged in aggregating valuable personal data from the Internet will have to sit up and take notice after the Court of Appeal paved the way for a consumer rights campaigner to sue Google on behalf of more than four million Apple iPhone users.

Duties of Care Imposed on Public Service Providers Must Be Reasonable

Customer safety is a responsibility of any company that provide a public service. The Court of Appeal heard a case relating to an accident on a railway and deemed that safety standards should be reasonable and attainable.

Compensation Awarded For Flooded Business

If your neighbours actions cause your business to be disadvantaged as in the following case of a funeral directors whose business was flooded several times in the previous six years, due to water diversion on their neighbour's land next door, you may be entitled to compensation.

Compensation Paid Out For Filmed Eviction On Television

We live in a society where freedom of speech is important to the media which it believes enables it to report events that could be regarded as in the public interest, however should that override a person’s right to privacy?

Why Use Seatons?

  • Practical sensible help and information
  • Fixed, competitive and affordable prices
  • We care about you and fight for you
  • Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority
  • We can help resolve your issue quickly & easily

COVID-19 Information

We would like to reassure our client’s that it is business as usual and as a firm we intend on supporting our clients through this difficult time. Our priority is to be able to progress client matters whilst protecting both staff and clients. As a precautionary measure to limit the risk to everyone our preferred communication is by telephone and/or email and/or post. Given the government announcement we may take a little longer to respond to enquiries and deal with matters. Please bear with us in these unprecedented times.