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Bar News - July 20, 2007

Making Sense of Civil Filing Fees


Visit for a link to charts showing the filing fees for various cases in the district court and family division, due to recent legislative changes.


Although the legislature imposed a $25 surcharge on certain filing fees, the increases for other filing fees also may have increased due to an agreement with the Department of Administrative Services.


Increased revenue from the filing fees are being used in different ways, according to a news advisory issued by the judicial branch:


  • Seven percent of filing fees go to an escrow fund, managed by the Department of Administrative Services, to pay for improvements in court facilities, including changes needed to allow access to courts as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • In marital cases, $41.00 of each filing fee is deposited into a fund to compensate mediators and guardians ad litem for children in cases in which parents are indigent.
  • The remaining funds generated by fees on cases are deposited into the state’s general fund. Some of the increased revenue is expected to help fund legal services for low income citizens and to pay for court-appointed lawyers for indigent criminal defendants.
  • The new fee structure is effective July 1. See page 27 for Supreme Court order.

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