How to File Forms at the Courthouse

Print the forms. 

Read the forms. Filing a form in court has legal consequences. A person must understand what they are filing and everything a person files must be true.

Sign the forms. Forms must be signed before they are filed with the court. If filing an agreement, the agreement needs to be signed by both parties in front of a notary public. Many banks and libraries have a notary public available. A notary public will charge a small fee.

Filing fee.  A filing fee is what the court charges to file forms with the court.

A filing fee waiver asks the court to waive (not charge) a filing fee because a person cannot afford to pay it. Indiana law says a person does not have to pay a filing fee if that person meets certain requirements.  Indiana Code 33-37-3-2

Some cases, like Waiver of BMV Reinstatement Fees and Non-Conviction Expungements, do not have filing fees

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

Copies.  Every court is a little different. Some courts require a person to bring one, two or three copies of each document. Some courts prefer a person not bring any copies.  A person might choose to contact their local court to see how many copies to bring, or to check their local court rules.

Go to the courthouse or city county building. Bring the forms and filing fee to the court in which the forms need to be filed.  Most county courts are located in the county courthouse.  In Marion County, most courts are in the City County Building.  If you need help finding a court, contact the court using the Court Contact Information above.

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