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Court Fees for Civil Litigation

If you are bringing or defending a civil court action there may be certain fees involved.

How much you pay

The fees you need to pay at a court or tribunal depend on your claim or case. You may have to pay multiple fees, for example a hearing fee and an application fee.

Case Fee
Divorce or end a civil partnership £550
Claim money you’re owed From £25
Appeal a benefits decision Free
Apply to an employment tribunal From £390
Apply for bankruptcy £680
Apply for probate £215

Read the list of fees for:



How to pay your court or tribunal fee

You can’t pay most fees online. Pay:

  • 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’

You can only pay online when you use:

There’s a different system of court fees in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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

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

Which fee you need to pay

You’ll need to estimate the amount you’re claiming and pay the paper form 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.


Legal Help

If you decide you need formal legal help, solicitors firms offer a range of Fixed Fees are available in the following areas.