Court fees defined
Many civil and family proceedings in the court system may need a fee to be paid before the case can begin and before some parts can go ahead.
This is in addition to paying a lawyer. Fees for parenting orders and relationship property applications have applied since July 1 to ensure those using the court contribute to its costs. There is no fee for a protection order.
If you are cannot afford the fee (that is you would experience undue financial hardship if you paid the fee), then you can apply to the court to have it waived.
If you qualify for legal aid, then you are eligible to have your fees waived – but you still need to apply to the court to waiver the fees.
If you are on a benefit or living on superannuation you will usually qualify to have your fee waived.
To have the fee waived you need to fill out the correct form, include all information required, sign the declaration, and file the form at the court. Forms are available from the court or from the Ministry of Justice website.
If you require assistance, contact us.
Citizens Advice Bureau Porirua is open Monday to Friday, 9am till 4.30pm ( 7pm on Thursdays) in Pember House, level 2, 16 Hagley St.
Call 04 237 8846 or 0800 367 222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org