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Court fees are prescribed in a number of statutory regulations. They are payable at various steps in civil proceedings. The most common fees are those payable when documents are lodged with the Court, for example, for filing statements of claim, statements of defence and interlocutory applications. However, separate fees are also payable for services, for example, for hearings, sealing documents and providing copies of documents.

Fees Payable in New Zealand Civil and Family Proceedings

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all fees payable in New Zealand Courts and Tribunals. It excludes most specialist jurisdictions. However, it is intended to include most fees payable in relation to proceedings and orders of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, District Courts, Family Courts, and Disputes Tribunals. If there is any doubt regarding a court fee, please refer directly to the relevant Regulations or Rules.

Supreme Court

Fees payable under the Supreme Court Fees Regulations 2003.

Court of Appeal

Fees payable under the Court of Appeal Fees Regulations 2001.

High Court

Fees payable under the High Court Fees Regulations 2001.

Fee payable under the Administration (Fee) Regulations 1997.

Fees payable under the Property Law (Mortgagees' Sales Forms and Fees) Regulations 2007.

Fees payable under the Admiralty (Fees) Order 1997.

Fees payable under the Rating (Fees) Regulations 1997.

Fees payable under the Sheriffs' Fees Regulations 1988.

District Courts

Fees payable under the District Courts Fees Regulations 2009.

For the fee payable under the Land Valuation Proceedings Fees Regulations 1991.

Family Court

Fee payable under the Family Courts Fees Regulations 2009.

Environment Court

For information on Environment Court fees, see the Forms and Fees section on the Environment Court section of this website.

Disputes Tribunals

Fees payable under the Disputes Tribunals Rules 1989.

Waiver, Refund and Postponement of Civil Fees

Registrars (and Deputy Registrars) have the power to waive, refund and/or postpone some civil court fees, upon application, in limited circumstances.

The civil fees that might be waived, refunded or postponed are all those prescribed in:

  • Supreme Court Fees Regulations 2003
  • Court of Appeal Fees Regulations 2001
  • High Court Fees Regulations 2001
  • Sheriffs' Fees Regulations 1988
  • District Courts Fees Regulations 2009
  • Summary Instalment Orders (District Courts) Rules 1970 (for fees paid on or after 1 July 2004)
  • Customs and Excise Regulations 1996 (for fees paid on or after 1 July 2004)
  • Family Courts Fees Regulations 2009

These fees can only be waived or refunded if either:

  • Payment of the fee would cause undue financial hardship; or
  • The proceeding concerns matters of genuine public interest and would not proceed if the fee was required.

Applications for Waiver, Refund and Postponement of Fees

Applications for waiver, refund and/or postponement of a court fee should be made on the relevant approved application form.

Download the fee waiver application form for an individual - legal aid/benefit/previous waiver (PDF, 650 Kb) if the applicant is an individual who:

1) has been granted legal aid

2) is waiting on a decision in respect of an application for legal aid

3) is dependant on a benefit

4) is wholly dependant on NZ Superannuation or a veterans pension.

5) has previously been granted a fee waiver in respect of the same proceedings (and the grounds for the previous waiver still apply).

Download the fee waiver application form for an individual (PDF, 660Kb) if the application is an individual to whom the above circumstances do not apply.  Full financial details must be provided with this application.

Download the fee waiver application form for an organisation - previous waiver (PDF, 638Kb) if the applicant is an organisation or business and has previously been granted a fee waiver in respect of the same proceedings (and the grounds for the previous waiver still apply).

Download the fee waiver application form for an organisation (PDF, 660Kb) if the applicant is an organisation or business and they have not been grantes a fee waiver in respect of the same proceedings, or the grounds for the previous waiver no longer apply.

NOTE: You will need Acrobat Reader to view these forms, and these cannot be completed or amended on screen. However, you can print the form and complete it by hand, as required. Acrobat reader can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website. Alternatively, application forms are available from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal or your nearest High Court or District Court Registry.

Review of Decisions

Persons not satisfied with a decision of a Registrar (or Deputy Registrar) in relation to an application to waive, refund or postpone a fee have the right to have that decision reviewed by a Judge or, in the case of the High Court, a Judge or Associate Judge.

Any request for such a review should be made on the application form provided.

Application for review form (PDF, 28Kb).

NOTE: You will need Acrobat Reader to view these forms, and these cannot be completed or amended on screen. However, you can print the form and complete it by hand, as required. Acrobat reader can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website. Alternatively, application forms are available from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal or your nearest High Court or District Court Registry.

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