New regulations covering most civil court fees for the Supreme Court of Victoria will commence on 30 September 2018.
The Supreme Court offers a range of services including the commencement of proceedings which may require a fee payment. The following is a list of current fee schedules for different areas of the Court:
- Prothonotary's fees - including the 2018/2019 fees (Note: 2018/2019 fees do not come into effect until 1 July 2018)
- Court of Appeal fees
- Probate fees - including the 2018/2019 fees (Note: 2018/2019 fees do not come into effect until 1 July 2018)
If you wish to apply to have your Court fees waived then under s.129(3) of the Supreme Court Act 1986, the Prothonotary (and Deputy Prothonotaries) can waive a fee where they believe payment will cause you financial hardship. This applies to individuals, not companies.
A new application form must be completed each time a fee waiver is sought. In most instances, fee waivers will only apply to people representing themselves.
Refunds (professional and public)
Applications for refunds of Court fees will be considered in certain and limited circumstances. All applications are considered on merit, however are usually only successful where a genuine mistake or duplication has occurred.
Court fees will not be refunded for change of mind or if a matter settles after a fee has been paid.
To make an application for a refund, contact the Supreme Court registry.
What's the difference between court fees and legal costs?
Court fees are charges or payment to commence and/or progress a court proceeding. This can include a Writ or Summons for Taxation of Costs or for the services of a court officer. See the fees lists above for full details on all filing fees.
Legal costs are the professional fees and charges payable to a solicitor for providing legal services and include disbursements such as barrister's fees and expert reports. The successful party in a court proceeding can usually recover some legal costs from the unsuccessful party. See Costs Court for more information.
Payment of fees
The Supreme Court Registries accept the following payment methods:
- Credit card
- Money order