How do I apply for a fee to be waived?

The obligation to pay court fees is based on the principle that a user of a court or a court service should contribute to the cost of that service.

The presumption is that all court fees should be paid, although some fees may be postponed, waved or remitted.

What you need to know

You must complete the Postponement, Remission or Waiver of Court Fees Application Form each time you are unable to pay a court fee. A registrar will then determine if your fee should be postponed, remitted or waived. The registrar will determine your application in accordance with the Attorney General’s Guidelines on Fee Waiver. If you want to read the guidelines in full, download a copy of the Fee Waiver Guidelines

How to apply

You will need to:

  1. Complete the Postponement, Remission or Waiver of Court Fees Application Form (a separate application is required each time you are unable to pay a court fee)
  2. Sign the form
  3. File the form in person or by post at the court registry where your case is be being heard.

You will be notified of the registrar’s decision and his/her reasons in writing. 

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