Who Must Pay Court Fees?

Persons liable to pay fees 

A fee in relation to a proceeding is payable as set out in this section, unless the Court, Judge or Registrar directs otherwise:

Filing fee:

  • the body or person for whom a document is filed.

Hearing fee and setting down fee:

  • the applicant or, in an appeal, the appellant, unless:
  • if the hearing is for an interlocutory application – the body or person who makes the interlocutory application; or
  • if the hearing is for a cross-claim or cross-appeal only – the cross-claimant or cross-appellant;

Two or more proceedings 

Only one setting down and one set of hearing fees are payable if two or more proceedings which have not been consolidated are set down for hearing together. The amount of each fee is apportioned equally between the bodies and persons otherwise liable to pay these fees for the various proceedings.

Mediation fee:

  • the applicant in the proceeding in which the mediation is being held. 

Fee for taxation of a bill of costs:

  • the party who has filed a notice of objection under rule 40.21, Federal Court Rules 2011, or who files a notice requesting a full taxation of the bill of costs (or, if more than one party objects to the estimate or requires a full taxation, the fee is apportioned between those parties as determined by a Registrar).

Fees for any other service:

  • the person for whom the service is provided. 

Fees for production of a court file (file inspection) and/or copy of documents

The person making the request is liable to pay the production fee and per page photocopying fees for each page copied.

However, if the person liable for that fee was a party to the proceeding that the court file relates to and:

then no photocopying fees are payable. The production fee is still payable and cannot be exempted.

Updated July 2015