Filing Fee Frequently Asked Questions
What is a filing fee?
To tell a court that a person wants to start a legal case, a person files forms with the court. When the forms that start a legal case are filed with the court, the court charges a filing fee.
How much is a civil court filing fee?
Cost to file a new case in civil court: $157.00
Cost to file a new case in civil court with sheriff service of process: $185
What if a person cannot afford a filing fee? When can a person get a filing fee waiver?
A filing fee waiver asks the court to waive (not charge) a filing fee because a person cannot afford to pay it.
Under Indiana law, a person does not have to pay a filing fee if that person meets certain requirements. Indiana Code 33-37-3-2
More information about filing fee waivers and filing forms with the court can be found at How To File With The Court
How are forms filed with the court?
Information including court rules, filing fee waiver forms, and how to file forms with the court can be found at How To File With The Court
Will the court charge a filing fee every time a document is filed?
No. In general, a filing fee is charged when a case is started (the first forms are filed).