Fee remissions
Produced in partnership with David Willink of Lamb Chambers
Fee remissions

The following PI & Clinical Negligence guidance note Produced in partnership with David Willink of Lamb Chambers provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Fee remissions
  • Introduction
  • Online resources
  • Which types of court fees are covered by the fee remission scheme?
  • Financial eligibility
  • Savings
  • Income
  • Appeal against refusal of help with fees
  • Exceptional hardship
  • Impact on recoverable costs

Introduction

Court and tribunal fees are, for many, prohibitively high. For those in the most straitened circumstances, fee remissions, now branded 'help with fees', may be available. In order to qualify, applicants must meet strict financial criteria on both savings and income. Help may cover all or only some of the fee payable, depending on the financial criteria.

Governing legislation: Courts and Tribunals Fee Remissions Order 2013, SI 2013/2302, amending the Civil Proceedings Fees Order 2008, SI 2008/1053. And see CPR 3.7 for fee remissions in the context of sanctions for non-payment of court fees.

Online resources

Guide on how to apply for help with fees, see: Apply for help with court and tribunal fees.

Online portal for applying for help with fees, see: Get help paying court and tribunal fees.

Application to print and complete manually:

English: Apply for help with fees.

Welsh: Gwneud cais am help i dalu ffioedd.

Which types of court fees are covered by the fee remission scheme?

Help with fees is available for most court fees. It is not available in respect of the fee payable:

  1. in respect of proceedings brought to recover a sum of money through Money Claim OnLine

  2. on a consolidated attached of earnings order or an administration order (2008 Order, reg 5(2)(b))

  3. for applications made by a person under a restraint order