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Court Fees

There are various fees payable for submitting applications to the court and for lodging documents at different stages of the court procedure. The fees are set out in Scottish Statutory Instruments (referred to as a Fee Orders). These are regularly updated by Fee Amendment Orders.


Fee exemption

You may be entitled to exemption from paying court fees in the following circumstances:

You or your spouse/civil partner are in receipt of:

  • income support
  • Income-based employment and support allowance
  • Pension credit guarantee credit
  • working tax credit, including child tax credit and gross annual income used for calculation of tax credit is £18,000 or less
  • working tax credit, including a disability element and gross annual income used for calculation of tax credit is £18,000 or less
  • working tax credit, including a severe disability element and gross annual income used for calculation of tax credit is £18,000 or less
  • financial or other assistance under the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015, within the period of 3 months prior to the date the specified fee would be payable but for the exemption.

You are in receipt of:

  • income-based jobseeker's allowance
  • universal credit (from 29 April 2013)

If you are applying for fee exemption as you or your spouse/civil partner are in receipt of one of these benefits, you must provide a letter from either DWP or HMRC confirming the receipt of the benefits. Your exemption cannot be processed without proof of receipt of benefits, or proof of receipt of financial or other assistance under the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Act 2015.

You may also be entitled to exemption from paying court fees if:

  • You are receiving civil legal aid in respect of the matter for which the fee is payable (Section 13(2) of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 refers); or
  • The fee is payable in connection with a simplified divorce or dissolution of civil partnership application and you are receiving advice and assistance from a solicitor in respect of that application (Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 refers); or
  • The fee is payable in connection with work being undertaken by your solicitor which qualifies for civil legal aid as matter of 'special urgency' (Section 36 of the Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 1986 refers).

(Your solicitor can provide you with further information on fee exemption in these circumstances.)
 
You are applying for a principal remedy which is a specified interdict* or an exclusion order**.

*Specified interdict means:  

  • a matrimonial interdict within the meaning of section 14(2) of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981 (interdict competent where spouses live together);
  • a domestic interdict within the meaning of section 18A of that Act (meaning of “domestic interdict”);
  • a relevant interdict under section 113(2) of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (civil partners: competency of interdict); or
  • ·otherwise an interdict in respect of which there is an application for a power of arrest to be attached under section 1 of the Protection from Abuse (Scotland) Act 2001 (attachment of power of arrest to interdict); and

**Exclusion order means an exclusion order under:

  • section 4 of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection) (Scotland) Act 1981(exclusion orders);
  • section 76 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 (exclusion orders etc.); or
  • section 104 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004 (exclusion orders).

       

Applications where fee exemption does not apply:

You cannot apply for fee exemption if you are:

  • making an application in relation to commissary proceedings (dealing with a deceased person’s estate) unless the estate of the deceased person is exempt from inheritance tax by virtue of section 153A (death of emergency service personnel etc.), 154 (death in active service etc.) or 155A (death of constables and service personnel targeted because of their status) of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984 in which case there will be no fee in respect of the inventory of that estate.
  • lodging a petition for removal of disqualification from driving under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.


Download a fee exemption form

 

Accepted Payment Methods

  • Cheques - Made payable to "The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service"
  • Debit Card and Credit Card - Please check which types of card are acceptable with the appropriate court
  • Postal Order - Made payable to "The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service"
  • Cash - If paying by post it is not advisable to make cash payments

Current Fees Orders are available on the legislation.gov.uk website at the links below



High Court

The High Court of Justiciary Fees Order 2018 No.84

Schedule 1 applies from 25 April 2018
Schedule 2 applies from 1 April 2019


Court of Session

The Court of Session etc. Fees Order No.83

Schedule1 applies from 25 April 2018

         Schedule 2 applies from 1 April 2019

 



Sheriff Court

The Sheriff Court Fees Order 2018 No.81 (amended by the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2018 on 28 September 2018)

Schedule 1 applies from 25 April 2018

         Schedule 2 applies from 1 April 2019


 

Justice of the Peace Court

The Justice of the Peace Court Fees (Scotland) Order 2018 No. 85

Schedule 1 applies from 25 April 2018

Schedule 2 applies from 1 April 2019



    Sheriff Appeal Court

    The Sheriff Appeal Court Fees Order 2018 No.82

    Schedule 1 applies from 25 April 2018

    Schedule 2 applies from 1 April 2019




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Payment Methods 

  • Cheques - Made payable to "The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service"
  • Debit Card and Credit Card - Please check which types of card are acceptable with the appropriate court
  • Postal Order - Made payable to "The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service"
  • Cash - If paying by post it is not advisable to make cash payments