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There are fees for certain steps in High Court proceedings. These include fees for filing an application, setting down a hearing date and for the hearing itself. In some instances fees may also be set in other pieces of legislation.

Some steps in High Court proceedings do not require fees.

To figure out if you need to pay a fee, you will need to check the High Court Fees Regulations and the relevant Act under which you are making or defending your application. If you are unsure, please contact your nearest High Court

The fees to file an appeal, apply for judicial review or file a claim solely under part 18 or 19 of the High Court Rules are lower. See the High Court Fees Regulations for these fees.

High Court Rules(external link)

High Court Fees Regulations(external link)


You can apply for the fee to be waived if you cannot afford to pay the fee, or if you believe the proceeding you want to start is a matter of public interest and is unlikely to be started or continued unless the fee is waived. The application for waiver of a court fee should be given to the court with the application that requires the fee. A registrar or deputy registrar of the court will decide if the fee will be waived. If your application for a fee waiver is declined, you have 20 working days to apply for a judge to review the decision - see section 160 of the Senior Courts Act 2016(external link)


While you are waiting for the decision to waive the fee or review under s160, you can apply to postpone the payment of the fee until the date on which you are told whether or not the fee will be waived. The registrar or deputy registrar may allow the postponement if they think your main application would be prejudiced if it does not proceed to determination.


You can apply for a refund if you did not apply for a waiver but would have been granted one and the criteria for a waiver are still met.

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