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EX160A
Court fees - Do I have to pay them?
Contents
Introduction
2
The Remission Scheme
Minors
3
Applicants who live outside of England and Wales
3
Prisoners
4
Companies
4
Vexatious litigants and litigants bound by a Civil Restraint Order
4
Applicants in receipt of Legal Aid
4
Applicants using Money Claim Online (MCOL) or Possession Claim Online (PCOL) 4
Certified documents for legally represented or assisted applicants
4
Guidance on completing the ‘Application for a fee remission - Form EX160’
Section 1: About the Case
5
Section 2: Your Details
5
Section 3: Remission 1 – full remission based on receipt of a specified benefit
6
Information about Remission 2 and 3
Section 4: Remission 2 – full remission based on gross annual income
9
Section 5: Remission 3 – full or part remission based on net monthly income and 
9
permitted expenditure
Section 6: Refund
11
Section 7: Declaration and Statement of Truth
11
The Procedure
12
How to appeal
13
Emergency Applications
13
Undertakings
14
Exceptional Circumstances 
14
Multiple Party or Class Action applicants
15
Things to remember
20
Useful contacts
20
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Introduction
The Civil and Family Courts and Probate Registries in England and Wales charge fees for work 
that is carried out in the courts. Her Majesty’s Courts Service (HMCS) wants to make sure that 
access to courts is available for those who have difficulty paying a court fee, and a system of fee 
waivers and reductions, known as the remission scheme, is available which allows access to court 
services free of charge or at a reduced rate.
This leaflet has been put together to help you work out whether or not you can get a fee remission. 
It contains the information you need to help you complete the application form – EX160 at page 16. 
This leaflet also contains important information about the type of evidence you will need to give the 
court to support your remission application.
The fee remission scheme has three parts:
• Remission 1 – you will receive a full remission of the court fee if you are in receipt of one of 
the benefits listed on page 6;
• Remission 2 – you will receive a full remission of the court fee if your annual income before 
tax and other deductions (know as gross annual income) is below the amounts shown on 
page 9;
• Remission 3 – you will receive either a full or part remission based on the money you receive 
and money you spend each month (monthly disposable income). The amount you get 
remitted is based on a preset sliding scale, shown on page 17.
You may have to pay more than one court fee during a case. A separate remission application form 
must be completed for each fee you would like a remission for.
Court staf  can refuse an application if the evidence does not support the information you have 
given or does not appear genuine. You may also be asked to send extra evidence to support your 
application.
If you refuse to give the court the extra evidence, your application will be refused and the 
appropriate court fee will become payable.
If after reading this leaflet you would like more information, please go to  
www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk and click on ‘fees’ in the ‘Quick Links’ box or contact a Customer 
Service Of icer at your local court. Court staf  can explain the court procedures to you and help you 
complete the form but they cannot give you legal advice or tell you what to write.
Please note, where this leaflet and form refer to a court, court fee, court staf  or court manager, this 
also includes Probate Registries, probate fees, probate registry staff and registry managers.
The Remission Scheme
Remission 1: Full remission based on receipt of one of the benefits listed below (specified means-
tested benefit).
• Income Support
• Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Pension Credit guarantee credit
• Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
• Working Tax Credit but not also receiving Child Tax Credit
The court will need to see evidence that you are in receipt of one of these benefits.
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Page 7 gives you more information on the evidence you need to give to the court and on how to 
complete the application form at page 16.
Warning: You are not permitted to use or al ow to be used, your benefit entitlement to gain a full 
remission for any other party or person.
Remission 2: Full remission based on annual income before tax and other deductions (know as 
gross annual income). 
You will need to add up all the income you receive in a year. If this figure is below the amount 
shown on page 9 you will receive a full remission of the court fee.
The court will need to see evidence of your annual income.
Page 8 gives you more information on the evidence you need to give to the court and on how to 
complete the application form at page 16. 
Remission 3: Full remission based on the money you receive and the and the money you are 
allowed to claim as spent each month (monthly disposable income). The application form at page 
16, section 5, lists the types of payments that are allowed. You will need to add up the money you 
receive and the money you are allowed to claim as spent each month. From these two figures 
the court will calculate how much money is remaining; this is known as your monthly disposable 
income. The court will then work out how much of the court fee you will have to pay based on a 
preset sliding scale. This may be all, part or none of the fee.
The table showing the preset sliding scale is available on page 17 and also online at  
www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk
The court will need to see evidence of the money you receive and money you spend per month.
Page 8 gives you more information on the evidence you need to give to the court and how to 
complete the application form at page 16.
More information on the remission scheme is available online at www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk
Third Party applications:
A fee remission is only available to the person who has to pay the court fee. The only exception to 
this rule applies to any person acting for or representing a minor involved in legal action.
Minors:
Any person acting for or representing a minor involved in court proceedings, in their capacity as a 
Litigation Friend, Parent or Guardian, can apply for a full or part remission using their own details.
Applicants who live outside of England and Wales:
If you live outside England and Wales or are a foreign national you can apply for a fee remission 
although the benefits listed under Remission 1 are only available to people who live within the 
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man. Al  entries in the income and 
expenditure columns for Remission 2 and 3 must be shown in pounds sterling and al  evidence must 
be in English or accompanied by a certified translation into English. Welsh courts can also accept 
evidence or certified translations in Welsh.
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Prisoners:
If you are currently serving a prison sentence, on remand or in custody at one of Her Majesty’s 
Prisons, Remand Centres or Young Offenders Institutes, you are only eligible to apply for a 
remission under Remission 3. You must give the court a copy of your Prisoner’s Income and 
Expenditure Statement (PIES) along with evidence of any other income and expenditure. 
Companies:
The remission scheme is only available to individuals. Companies cannot apply for a fee remission.
Vexatious litigants and litigants bound by a Civil Restraint Order:
If you are a vexatious litigant, or bound by a civil restraint order, you cannot apply for a fee 
remission until you have gained permission to issue or continue proceedings. The court fee to 
apply for permission to issue or continue proceedings will be payable. If you are a vexatious 
litigant your application for permission must be directed to the High Court. If your application for 
permission is successful, you can apply for a refund (retrospective remission) of your court fee 
within 6 months from when you paid the fee. A sealed court order giving permission must be given 
to the court as evidence.
Applicants in receipt of Legal Aid:
If you are receiving Legal Aid the type of legal aid you receive will determine whether or not you 
can apply for a fee remission.
If you have a solicitor representing you under a certificate either for Legal Representation or Family 
Help (Higher) you cannot apply for a fee remission. The solicitor, having filed notice of acting 
together with notice of issue of legal aid, will pay your court fee for you.
If you receive advice under Family Help (Lower) where a consent order is being applied for, the 
solicitor will also pay the fee on your behalf.
If you receive one of the following types of Legal Aid you can apply for a remission under 
Remission 1, 2 or 3:
• Legal Help; or
• Help at Court; or
• Family Help (Lower) except where a consent order is being applied for.
Applicants using Money Claim Online (MCOL) or Possession Claim Online (PCOL):
You cannot apply for a remission if you issue proceedings through MCOL or PCOL.
Certified documents for legally represented or assisted applicants: 
The court will need to see evidence of all the information you enter in your application. You may 
give the court certified copies of your evidence if you are legally represented or in receipt of one 
of the types of Legal Aid where you can apply for a remission. To get your documents certified you 
must give the original documents to your legal representative, who can photocopy the documents 
and stamp them as being certified as true copies.
Certified documents:
• must be accompanied by an original letter on headed notepaper, from your legal
representative with their contact details, and,
• will still be subject to checks being made by court staff.
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Guidance on completing the application for a  
fee remission - Form EX160
Please complete the form using BLACK ink and CAPITAL LETTERS.
Evidence, original or certified, must be given to the court with your remission application. Court 
staff can refuse any evidence which does not support the information entered or does not 
appear to be genuine.
Section 1: About the Case
Case or Claim number: This is normally found in the top right hand corner on a court document. If 
you are issuing a new case you will not yet have been given a case or claim number, so leave this 
blank.
Title or number of form: Enter the title or number of the form you want the court to process e.g. 
Application Notice or N244. This is normally found at the bottom of the court document.
Name of Claimant(s)/Petitioner(s): The claimant/petitioner is the individual(s) who starts the case 
or action. For Probate proceedings, use the box on the right hand side to enter the name of the 
deceased person and the date of death.
Name of Defendant(s)/Respondent(s): The defendant/respondent is the individual(s) towards whom 
the case or action is directed, responds to or defends the case or action. 
Section 2: Your Details
Title, Surname/Family name and First name and Middle names: Tick the appropriate title box. If 
‘other’, enter the title by which you are known. Enter your full name including any middle names in 
the appropriate box.
Address and postcode: Enter your full postal address where you live permanently and can be 
contacted. A ‘care of’ address is not allowed.
Date of Birth: Enter in DD/MM/YYYY format (e.g. 12/08/1966).
Definitions
A couple is defined as two people who are married, civil partners, or are living together as if they 
were married or in a civil partnership, living together at the same address, who rely on their joint 
income, with or without dependent children.
If you are part of a couple you must enter your income and also your partner’s income for 
applications under Remission 2 and 3.
If you are part of a couple you must give the court evidence showing that you live at the same 
address as your partner. The only evidence allowed is an official document (e.g. current utility bill) 
that shows your status, full name(s), title(s) and address.
Note: If you are a party involved in proceedings for divorce, dissolution or annulment, you will be 
assessed as a single person.
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A financially dependent child is defined as:
• a child under the age of 16 who permanently lives with you at your address; or
• a child over the age of 16 but under the age of 20, in full-time education but not advanced
education, where Child Benefit, and in certain cases Child Tax Credit, is received for that child 
and that child permanently lives with you at your address.
If you have financially dependent children who live with you, you must give the court evidence of 
these children. The only evidence allowed is a Child Benefit notification letter and ,if applicable, a 
Child Tax Credit award notification letter. 
Section 3: Remission One
Ful  remission based on receipt of one of the benefits listed on page 7 (specified means-tested 
benefit).
If you are in receipt of one of the benefits listed, tick the appropriate box.
You must give the court an official letter confirming the benefit you receive. It must show your title, 
full name, address and postcode and confirm you currently receive that benefit. The letter must be 
in the following form:
Benefit
Evidence letter from?
Dated when?
Income-based Jobseeker’s
Job Centre Plus / Department for  No more than one month old
Allowance
Work and Pensions (DWP)
Income support
Job Centre Plus / Department for  No more than one month old
Work and Pensions (DWP)
Working Tax Credit but not in 
Her Majesty’s Revenue and 
Referring to the current 
receipt of Child Tax Credit
Customs (HMRC)
financial year
Pension Credit guarantee credit The Pension Service / Department  Assessed Income Period 
for Work and Pensions (DWP)
should cover the current 
financial year
Income-related Employment 
Job Centre Plus / Department for  No more than one month old
and Support Allowance
Work and Pensions (DWP)
Warning:
To prevent delay, applicants must make sure they have al  required evidence, correct and within 
date, before arriving at court or sending the application in the post.
Failure to provide evidence wil  result in the application being refused and the ful  fee being 
payable.
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Information for Remissions 2 and 3
Evidence of Income
If you apply under Remission 2 or 3 you must give the court evidence of your income. For 
Remission 2 you must give evidence of your annual income before tax and other deductions (gross 
annual income) and for Remission 3 you must give the court evidence of your monthly income 
once tax and deductions have been made (net monthly income).
The following information explains what type of evidence the court requires:
Bank statements: You must give the court your last 3 months’ bank statements (and those of 
your partner if you apply as part of a couple) in addition to the evidence detailed below. You are 
permitted to give the court online bank statements.
Paid/Self employment
Paid Employment: You must give the court original wage slips from all your jobs. You must also 
give information about cash-in-hand work on the application form. 
• Paid monthly: last 3 months of wage slips no more than 4 months old; or 
• Paid weekly: last full month of wage slips no more than 6 weeks old.
Self Employment: You must give the court: 
• Most recent tax return (Self Assessment); and
• Most recent HMRC Self Assessment Tax Calculation; or
• Other proof of current income.
Income from people living with you
If you receive money from any people living with you in payment of rent, board, contribution to the 
household etc, you must give the court: 
• A letter from the person paying money confirming the arrangement, how much they pay and
how often they pay, dated within the last month.
Pension
If you are receiving Pension Credit guarantee credit you will receive a full remission under 
Remission 1. For all other pensions (state, private or occupational) you may apply for Remission 2 
or 3 and you must give the court:
• Current notification, letters or statements confirming your pension payments.
Child benefit and other benefits
If you are receiving any benefit payments that are not listed below or listed under Remission 1 you 
must give the court: 
• A benefit entitlement notice or letter, dated within the last month confirming how much is
currently being received and how often the money is paid.
The court will also accept current Child Benefit award notice as proof.
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Excluded benefits
You do not need to include any of the benefits listed below as income if you are applying for a fee 
remission under Remission 2 or 3.
Attendance Allowance
Back to Work Bonus
Budgeting Loan
Carer’s Allowance
Cold Weather Payment
Community Care Grant
Constant Attendance Allowance
Council Tax Benefit
Crisis Loans
Direct payments made under Community Care, Services for Carer and Children’s Services
Disability Living Allowance
Disabled and Severely Disabled elements of Child Tax Credit.
Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance
Financial support under an agreement for the foster care of a child
Funeral Payment
Housing Benefit
Independent Living Fund Payments
Severe Disablement Allowance
Money from rents, shares, bonds or other financial arrangement
Rental income from any and all properties: If you receive income from the rent of properties, you 
must give the court: 
• Tenancy agreement(s) or lease(s) for each property showing the rents currently being paid and
how often.
Stocks, shares, bonds or any other financial arrangement: If you receive income from stocks, 
shares or any other financial arrangement, you must give the court:
• Current statements or certificates showing the arrangement and how much income you
receive.
Child maintenance payments: If you receive child maintenance, you must give the court an original 
copy of the document(s) that shows the amount you receive and how often, for each child that 
maintenance is received for. The evidence must be in the form of: 
• Sealed court order; or
• Child Support Agency assessment; or
• Signed Voluntary Agreement (signed by both parents).
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Any other income
If you receive income in another way not listed here, such as selling goods for profit privately or 
publicly, including sales on the internet, you must give the court evidence that shows the amount of 
income received, how it is received and how often.
Warning:
To prevent delay, applicants must make sure they have al  required evidence, correct and within 
date, before arriving at court or sending the application in the post.
Failure to provide evidence will result in the application being refused and the full fee being payable.
Section 4: Remission Two
Ful  remission based on your annual income before tax and other deductions (known as gross annual 
income).
If you do not receive one of the benefits listed under Remission 1 you can apply for a remission 
based on your gross annual income. If your gross annual income, and that of your partner if you 
are part of a couple, is not more than the amounts shown in the table below and dependent on your 
circumstance, you will qualify for a full remission.
To qualify you must give the court evidence of your name, address, dependent children, status and 
your gross annual income.
You must give the court evidence of your gross annual income as set out in pages 8-10. If you are 
part of a couple you must also enter and give evidence of your partner’s income.
Table of gross annual income limits
Gross annual 
Single 
Couple
income with:
No children 
£13,000 
£18,000
1 Child 
£15,930 
£20,930
2 Children 
£18,860 
£23,860
3 Children 
£21,790 
£26,790
4 Children 
£24,720 
£29,720
£2,930 for each additional child
Note: Gross annual income is defined as an applicant’s total income from any and all sources for 
the year, before any deductions such as tax, have been made.
Section 5: Remission Three
Full or part remission based on the money you receive and the money you are allowed to claim as 
spent each month (monthly disposable income).
If you are not in receipt of any of the benefits listed under Remission 1 and do not qualify for 
Remission 2 you may apply for a remission based on your monthly disposable income. The court 
will calculate your monthly disposable income using the information you have given about your 
income and permitted expenditure per month. If you are part of a couple you must also enter the 
income of your partner.
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Monthly Income
Net Income: This is your total income from any and all sources for the month, after Income Tax and 
National Insurance and Pension contributions have been deducted. Enter your net monthly income 
and that of your partner (if you are part of a couple). 
You must give the court evidence of your net monthly income as set out in pages 8-10. If you are 
part of a couple you must also enter and give evidence of your partner’s income 
Total Net Monthly Income: Add together all the figures you have entered and put the total in the 
box. If applicable, do the same for your partner’s total monthly income.
Monthly Expenses 
Housing costs: The total you pay for your mortgage, rent or board per month. This amount must 
not include any council tax payments or any other utility bill payments. The evidence given to the 
court must be current and show the amount you pay and how often. Evidence can be one of the 
following:
• Mortgage statement
- including extra costs for ground rents and service charges for a flat
- can be for several mortgages in addition to your main home; or
• Tenancy Agreement for rented properties; or
• Rent book signed by the landlord; or
• Receipts from board payments; or
• Rent statement from landlord; or
• Bank statements.
Fixed Allowances: These are the preset amounts that you are allowed to claim for your:
• Partner: £159 a month. ONLY enter this figure if you are part of a couple. 
• Dependent Children: £244 a month per child. ONLY enter this figure if you have  
dependent children.
• General Living Expenses: £315 a month. ONLY enter figure if you have also entered monthly 
housing costs.
Note: These fixed allowances do not apply to you if you are a prisoner.
Child Maintenance: If you pay child maintenance, you must give the court copies of the 
document(s) that show the amount paid and how often it’s paid, for each child that maintenance is 
paid for. The evidence must be in the form of: 
• Sealed court order; or
• Child Support Agency Assessment; or
• Signed Voluntary Agreement or letter of agreement (both to be signed by both parties).
Child Care Expenses: If you have dependent children, you may pay for childcare. This can include 
nursery, pre- or after-school care or a child minder, but does not include school fees. You should 
give the court evidence of any child care payments in the form of:
• Receipts from a nursery; or
• Proof of payments to a pre-school or after-school club; or
• Receipts from a child minder.
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Payments under a Court Order: If you have a court order or judgment (excluding orders for child 
maintenance) against you, which requires you to make payments, enter that payment, per month, 
here. Evidence of these payments should be in the form of:
• A sealed court order giving the payment details, and
• Receipts of payments made to a claimant or the court.
Total Net Monthly Expenses: Add together al  the figures you have entered and put the total in the 
box.
Section 6: Refund
You can apply for a refund (known as a retrospective application) if you have paid a court fee within 
the last 6 months and think that you would have been granted a remission at the time you paid the 
fee. You can only apply for a refund at the court where you paid the fee.
You must give the court evidence that you paid the fee; this should be: 
• A court receipt or receipted documents giving details of the fee and showing how much was
paid and the date paid (no more than 6 months old); and
• Evidence for the remission you are applying for, that would have meant the court would have
granted you a remission on the day you paid the fee. Benefit letters and other evidence must 
be dated for the date you paid the fee and not the date you apply for the refund.
There are separate rules for vexatious litigants or litigants bound by a Civil Restraint Order as set 
out on page 4.
If you are applying for a refund, tick the ‘Yes’ box and state the date on which the fee was paid.
Section 7: Declaration and Statement of Truth
All applicants must sign and date the declaration and statement of truth to confirm all the 
information entered is true and supported by evidence.
Only you can sign and date the declaration and statement of truth.
No third party information or signature is allowed unless the application is completed by a Litigation 
Friend, Parent or Guardian acting on behalf of a minor. 
The application will be refused if: 
• Section 7 has not been completed; or
• Any figures entered on the application are found to be incorrect; or
• You fail or refuse to give the court the evidence needed to support your application.
If, after approval of the application, information contained in the EX160 is found to be wrong, the 
court can:
• Have the order or process which was received, revoked; and
• Ask you to pay the court fee in full.
Court staff can ask for extra evidence to support your application. If you refuse to give the court the 
extra evidence, your application will be refused and the court fee will have to be paid.
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The Procedure
What happens next: You must post or take the completed fee remission application form (EX160) 
to the court you want to issue proceedings or where the proceedings are taking place. Please 
make sure you also give the court the evidence listed to support your application. The court will 
refuse the fee remission application if you have not given them the right evidence.
If you have applied for a remission under Remission 1 a member of court staff will check the 
evidence you have given to prove you receive one of the listed benefits. If the evidence is correct, 
you will not have to pay a court fee.
If you have applied for a remission under Remission 2 a member of court staff will work out your 
gross annual income based on the figures and evidence you have given. If your gross annual 
income is below the set amounts on page 11 then you will not have to pay the court fee. If your 
gross annual income is more than the set amounts you will have to pay the court fee or apply under 
Remission 3.
If you have applied for a remission under Remission 3 a member of court staff will work out your 
disposable monthly income based on the figures and evidence you have given. If your disposable 
income is less than £50 per month you will be allowed a full remission and you will not have to 
pay the fee. If your disposable income is over £50 you will have the fee reduced according to the 
amount of disposable income you have. A table showing how much of the fee you will have to pay 
is on page 19 and also available at www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk
For all remission applications, your application (EX160) will be processed within 5 working days of 
when it is received. Emergency applications can be processed sooner (see page 13).
If the application for a full remission is approved under Remission 1, 2 or 3, the court will process 
the papers for your case. Please let the court know if you want them to return your original copies 
of supporting documentation as this is not done automatically.
If the application for a part remission is approved under Remission 3, the court will write to you 
letting you know how much of the fee you have to pay. Please let the court know if you want 
them to return your original copies of supporting documentation as this is not done automatically. 
Payment should be made within 7 days. The papers relating to your case will not be processed 
until the fee is received by the court.
If the application for Remission 1, 2 or 3 is refused the application form and supporting evidence 
will be returned to you with a letter explaining the reason(s) why it was refused and stating the 
court fee payable.
If you do not agree with the Court Officer’s decision, you can appeal.
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How to appeal
What you need to do: 
• Write to the Court Manager by the date set out in the Court Officer’s refusal letter (this will be
roughly 14 days from when you receive the letter); and
• Say why you are not happy with the decision made; and
• Include any evidence you supplied with the original application and any extra evidence to
support your case.
The Court Manager will consider your appeal and let you know their decision within 10 working days.
If the appeal is allowed and a full remission granted, a Court Officer will process the court papers 
that the remission was for. When the appeal is allowed for a part remission you will be told how 
much of the fee you must pay and the court papers will not be processed until that amount is 
received.
If the appeal is refused, the Court Manager will write to you explaining the reasons why your 
appeal has been refused. You can appeal one more time to the Area Director whose name and 
address will be set out in your refusal letter. To appeal to the Area Director you must follow the 
same procedure as for appeals to the Court Manager.
The Area Director’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.
Emergency Applications 
When something is an emergency that needs an urgent decision of the court, the Court Manager 
can grant a remission without supporting evidence when the form is submitted to court. The Court 
Manager’s decision will be based on:
• Why evidence to support the remission application is not available at the time the application
is made; and
• Your ability to pay the court fee; and
• Whether the interests of justice will be compromised if there is a delay.
The Court Manager is the only person who can make this decision, their decision is final and 
cannot be appealed. 
Matters which could be considered an emergency can include applications involving:
• Children;
• Domestic Violence;
• Injunctions;
• Suspending an eviction which is about to happen;
• Extending a time limit about to run out.
If your application is believed to be an emergency you will be asked to give an undertaking that you 
will bring evidence to support your remission application or money to pay the court fee within  
5 working days.
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Undertakings 
An undertaking is a written agreement made with the court to do something within a certain time 
period. The court will ask you to complete the form ‘Undertaking to apply for remission of a court 
fee or to pay a court fee’ (EX160B).
The undertaking sets out that you promise to: 
• Supply the court with the evidence to support your application; or
• Pay the court fee.
Whatever you have undertaken to do must be done within 5 working days from the day you gave 
the undertaking.
Before giving an undertaking, you must be sure you can do what you have undertaken to do. 
Failure to do so carries sanctions which are very serious and can result in:
• Having the case stopped;
• Having your claim/defence struck out;
• Having the order which was obtained, revoked.
Exceptional Circumstances
If your fee remission application is refused, you may not have to pay a court fee if you have 
suffered an unexpected event, that has seriously affected your ability to pay a court fee. If you can 
prove this circumstance is exceptional, for example, letter or notices threatening legal action due to 
non payment of bills etc., the Court Manager has the power to grant a full or part remission.
The Court Manager is the only person who can make this decision and it is based on the 
information given to the court at the time the court fee is due. The Court Manager’s decision is final 
and cannot be appealed. 
Exceptional circumstance cannot be used to make a refund (retrospective remission) application.
Your circumstances will not be exceptional simply because the money you spend per month 
is not one of the permitted monthly expenditures under Remission 3. Examples of exceptional 
circumstances may be when:
• Payment of a fee would mean non-payment of a commitment, such as rent or mortgage
amounts that are overdue, which could lead to you being made homeless; or 
• You cannot pay the fee due to uninsured loss or damage to personal belongings as a result of
fire, flood, theft or criminal damage. 
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Multiple Party or Class Action applicants 
Where there are two or more claimants or defendants involved in the same case, they will all be 
responsible for any court fees that need to be paid during the case. Each claimant or defendant 
can apply for a fee remission. If one or more claimants or defendants is granted a remission, the 
remaining claimants or defendants (if any) will become responsible for the fee. 
If two or more claimants or defendants gain a part remission under Remission 3, the amounts they 
must pay towards the fee will be added together.
Example 1: Four claimants in the same case issue a claim. Three of them are given a full 
remission under Remission 1. The fourth claimant doesn’t qualify for any remission and so would 
have to pay the fee in full. 
Example 2: Four claimants in the same case issue a claim. Two of them are given a full remission 
under Remissions 1 and 2. The remaining two claimants apply for a remission under Remission 3 
and are given a part remission. The amounts they pay towards the fee are added together to pay 
the court fee in part or in full.
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Documentary evidence is required in support of your fee remission application. Failure to provide the correct 
evidence will result in your application being refused.
 Please complete in black ink and CAPITAL LETTERS.
1. About the case
For Probate cases only
Case or claim number
Name of deceased
(leave blank if this is a new case/claim)
What is the title or number of  
the form you would like the  
court to issue?
Name of claimant(s)/
Date of death
petitioner(s)
D D / M M / Y Y Y Y
Name of defendant(s)/
respondent(s)
2. Your details
Title
Mr
Mrs
Miss
Ms
Other
Your address
Surname/family name
First and middle names
Date of birth
D D / M M / Y Y Y Y
Postcode
What is your status?
Single person
Part of a couple
Do you have any children?
Yes 
No If Yes, how many are financially dependent on you?
3. Remission One — full remission based on receipt of a specified benefit
Do you receive any of  
Income-based  
Working Tax Credit and not receiving 
Income-related Employment and 
these benefits?
Jobseeker’s Allowance
Child Tax Credit
Support Allowance
You must provide cor ectly dated 
Income Support
Pension Credit guarantee credit
documentary evidence to show you 
receive one of these benefits.
None of the above - Go to section 4
If you have ticked any of the above boxes - Go to section 6
4. Remission Two — full remission based on gross annual income
What is your gross annual 
Applicant
Partner
income?
Paid/Self employment
£
£
Gross annual income is your 
Income from people living with you - lodger or tenant,  
total annual income before tax and 
other deductions.
non-dependent children or relative
£
£
You must provide correctly dated 
Total pensions - state, private, occupational
£
£
documentary evidence to show 
your income and expenditure.
Total benefits - child benefit and other benefits
£
£
For more information on how to 
Money from rents, shares, bonds or other financial arrangement £
£
complete this section and the types 
of evidence required please read the  Any other income
£
£
leaflet ‘Court fees - do I have to pay 
them?’ (EX160A).
Total gross annual income £
£
The gross annual income limits 
I have read the guidance and confirm that my/our gross annual income
can be found at page 9 of this
leaflet.
Exceeds the stated limits - Go to section 5
Does not exceed the stated limits - Go to section 6
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5. Remission Three — full or part remission based on net monthly income and permitted expenditure
What is your net monthly 
Net monthly income
Net monthly expenses
income and expenditure?
Applicant
Partner
Net monthly income is the total  Paid/Self employment £
£
Housing costs
£
income you receive each month 
after income tax, national insurance  Income from people living with you
Fixed allowances
and pension contributions have 
lodger or tenant, non-
• partner
£
been deducted.
dependent children or 
£
£
• dependent children  
The answers to these questions 
relative
(each child)
£
will let us calculate how much of a  Pension
contribution, if any, you will need 
state, private or 
• general living expenses
£
to pay towards the court fee.
occupational
£
£
Child maintenance
You must provide correctly dated 
Child benefit
£
£
Under a court order, 
evidence to show your income and 
voluntary agreement, or 
£
expenditure.
Other benefits
£
£
Child Support Agency
For more information on how to 
Money from rents, shares, 
complete this section and the types  bonds or other financial 
Child care expenses
£
£
£
of evidence required please read 
arrangement
Payments under  
the leaflet ‘Court fees - do I have to 
Any other income
£
£
a court order
£
pay them?’ (EX160A).
Total net  
Total net  
The fixed allowances are set 
monthly income
£
£
monthly expenses
£
amounts, see page 10 of this leaflet.
6. Refund
Are you applying for a  

refund of a court fee paid 
Yes
No
If Yes, what is the date you paid this fee?
D D / M M / Y Y Y Y
within the last six months?
7. Declaration and statement of truth
Please ensure that you provide the 
I believe that the facts and information stated in this application are true. I understand that if I tell you anything untrue in 
evidence required to support your 
this form, or the accompanying documents, leave anything out or fail to provide sufficient evidence: 
application as set out in the leaflet 
• My application may be refused and the full fee will be payable
‘Court fees - do I have to pay them?’ 
• Any order or process obtained as a result of this application can be revoked
(EX160A).
I have attached the evidence needed to support my application
Signature
Date D D / M M / Y Y Y Y
Full name
Once you have completed this form, please post it or take it, with the correct evidence, to the court or probate office
For court/probate office use only
Name of court/ 
Risk controls
Probate Office
Evidence for remission
1
2
3
Signature
Reference 
number
Court/Probate fee
£
Form number
Contribution
£
Name
Signature
Amount remitted
£
Band
Date
Name
Amount to pay
£
Band
Date
Date approved
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Remission 3 - Table of Contributions
This table shows how much of the court fee you will have to pay (contribution) if your monthly 
disposable income is calculated to be £50 or more. If your monthly disposable income is calculated 
to be less than £50, you do not have to pay a court fee.
Disposable 
Monthly Income
Contribution
Disposable 
Monthly Income
Contribution
Disposable 
Monthly Income
Contribution
£
£
£
£
£
£
50 – 59*
12.50
340 – 349
120.00
630 – 639
265.00
60 – 69
15.00
350 – 359
125.00
640 – 649
270.00
70 – 79
17.50
360 – 369
130.00
650 – 659
275.00
80 – 89
20.00
370 – 379
135.00
660 – 669
280.00
90 – 99
22.50
380 – 389
140.00
670 – 679
285.00
100 – 109
25.00
390 – 399
145.00
680 – 689
290.00
110 – 119
27.50
400 – 409
150.00
690 – 699
295.00
120 – 129
30.00
410 – 419
155.00
700 – 709
300.00
130 – 139
32.50
420 – 429
160.00
710 – 719
305.00
140 – 149
35.00
430 – 439
165.00
720 – 729
310.00
150 – 159
37.50
440 – 449
170.00
730 – 739
315.00
160 – 169
40.00
450 – 459
175.00
740 – 749
320.00
170 – 179
42.50
460 – 469
180.00
750 – 759
325.00
180 – 189
45.00
470 – 479
185.00
760 – 769
330.00
190 – 199
47.50
480 – 489
190.00
770 – 779
335.00
200 – 210
50.00
490 – 499
195.00
780 – 789
340.00
210 - 219
55.00
500 – 509
200.00
790 – 799
345.00
220 – 229
60.00
510 – 519
205.00
800 – 809
350.00
230 – 239
65.00
520 – 529
210.00
810 – 819
355.00
240 – 249
70.00
530 – 539
215.00
820 – 829
360.00
250 – 259
75.00
540 – 549
220.00
830 – 839
365.00
260 – 269
80.00
550 – 559
225.00
840 – 849
370.00
270 – 279
85.00
560 – 569
230.00
850 – 859
375.00
280 – 289
90.00
570 – 579
235.00
860 – 869
380.00
290 – 299
95.00
580 – 589
240.00
870 – 879
385.00
300 – 309
100.00
590 – 599
245.00
880 – 889
390.00
310 – 319
105.00
600 – 609
250.00
890 – 899
395.00
320 – 329
110.00
610 – 619
255.00
900 –909
400.00
330 – 339
115.00
620 – 629
260.00
910 – 919**
405.00
*each range ends with .99p
the contribution will increase by £5 for every additional £10 over £919
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Things to remember
• You must make sure you have al  the evidence needed, correct and within date, before you
come to court or send the application in the post.
• Applications for fee remissions wil  not be approved without the evidence listed in this leaflet
when the application is not an emergency. 
• Court staff cannot give legal advice. For free legal information, help and advice, contact
Community Legal Advice or Citizens Advice Bureau. You can also go to a Law Centre or 
independent advice centre, check the Yellow Pages for details.
• We recommend you seek advice from Royal Mail before sending original documents in the
post. The court is not responsible for any original documents it does not receive.
• Courts accept payment by cash, credit or debit card, postal orders or cheques, which should
be made payable to HMCS.
• If you pay by cheque and it is dishonoured, the court will take steps to recover the money.
Non-payment will result in your case being stayed or even struck out.
Useful contacts
Citizens Advice Bureau
www.citizensadvice.org.uk
www.adviceguide.org.uk or check the Yellow Pages for your local office 
Community Legal Advice 
www.communitylegaladvice.org.uk or 0845 345 4345 
Department for Work and Pensions 
www.dwp.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk 
Her Majesty’s Courts Service 
www.hmcourts-service.gov.uk 
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs 
www.hmrc.gov.uk or 0845 3003900 
Jobcentre Plus
www.direct.gov.uk or 0845 6060234 
The Pension Service 
www.direct.gov.uk or 0800 99 1234
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