The County Court Fees Order (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Published: 1996-03-14

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1996 No. 103

COUNTY COURTS
The County Court Fees Order (Northern Ireland) 1996

Made
14th March 1996

Coming into operation
1st April 1996

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 116(1) and (4) of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978(1), after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice and with the concurrence of the Treasury, hereby makes the following Order:—

Citation and commencement

1.  This Order may be cited as the County Court Fees Order (Northern Ireland) 1996 and shall come into operation on 1st April 1996.

Interpretation

2.  In this Order, unless the context otherwise requires:

(a)“the Order” means the County Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1980(2);

(b)“the County Court Rules” means the County Court Rules (Northern Ireland) 1981(3);

(c)an Order or Rule referred to by number means an Order or Rule so numbered in the County Court Rules;

(d)expressions used in the County Court Rules have the same meanings as in those Rules;

(e)Schedules 1 and 2 mean Schedules 1 and 2 respectively to this Order;

(f)a fee or column referred to by number means the fee or column so numbered in Schedule 1.

Revocation and saving

3.  The County Court Fees Order (Northern Ireland) 1994(4), the County Court Fees (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 1995(5) and the County Court Fees (Amendment No. 2) Order (Northern Ireland) 1995(6) are hereby revoked except in relation to any civil bill served before 1st September 1995.

Fees to be taken in proceedings in county courts

4.—(1) Without prejudice to paragraph (3) the fees set out in column 3 shall be payable in proceedings in county courts in respect of the items set out opposite thereto in column 2.

(2) The fees prescribed by this Order in respect of any proceedings shall be payable by the party at whose instance the proceeding is taken and before it is taken.

(3) The fees prescribed in Schedule 1 shall not be payable in respect of proceedings under the Marriages Act (Northern Ireland) 1954(7) or other proceedings which are exempt by statute.

(4) If any question arises with regard to the payment of a fee, the chief clerk may report the matter to the Lord Chancellor and obtain his directions thereon.

(5) Where it appears to the Lord Chancellor that the payment of any fee specified in Schedule 1 would, owing to the exceptional circumstances of the particular case, involve hardship, he may reduce or remit the fee in that case.

Manner in which fees are to be taken

5.—(1) The fees prescribed in Schedule 1 shall be taken in cash.

(2) Payment of the appropriate court fee shall be endorsed on the relevant document by mechanical means or, where this means is not available, the person to whom the fee is paid shall endorse the relevant document by writing thereon the amount and date of payment and shall sign the endorsement.

(3) Where fees are payable under this Order in respect of any item and there is no document in reference to that item on which an endorsement can be made, the person requesting the action to which the item relates shall make the request by a requisition or note in writing which shall be endorsed as to payment of the appropriate fee in accordance with paragraph (2).

Fees for service of summonses and processes

6.  There shall be paid to a process server, in addition to any salary payable to him, the fees set out in Schedule 2 and such fees shall be paid by the person on whose behalf service is to be effected at the time that the document to be served is sent or delivered to the process server.

Application of fees

7.  All fees received by virtue of Schedule 1 shall, unless otherwise appropriated in aid, be paid into the Consolidated Fund.

Mackay of Clashfern, C.
Dated 11th March 1996

We concur,

Derek Conway
Simon Burns
Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury
Dated 14th March 1996

Article 4

SCHEDULE 1Fees to be taken in proceedings in County Courts

Section I

Fees in respect of proceedings not otherwise specifically provided for in any subsequent section of this Schedule.

Section II


Fees for specified proceedings within the equity and probate jurisdiction.

Section III


Fees to be taken in respect of proceedings under the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 and the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987.

Section IV


Miscellaneous fees relating to civil proceedings and matters.

Section V

Fees in respect of applications for arbitration under Article 30(3) of the Order.

Section VI


Fees to be taken in respect of proceedings under the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order

1988 (“the Criminal Injuries Order”) and the Criminal Damage (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 (“the Criminal Damage Order”).

Section VII


Fees to be taken in respect of proceedings under the Family Law Act 1986.

SECTION IFees to apply in respect of proceedings not otherwise specifically provided for in any subsequent section of this Schedule

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

No. of Fee
Item
Amount of Fee

Note:

(1)
In the application of item 7 to proceedings under the Judgments Enforcement (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 the fee on an Enforcement Civil Bill shall be the same as is payable on a civil bill for the amount claimed; and on a Committal Civil Bill shall be the same as for a civil bill for the amount of the instalment.

(2)
The fees prescribed above at items 7 and 11 and at item 21 cover all necessary copies for service, entries in the Office and all notices of application to the Judge or to the District Judge, and all other notices (not otherwise specifically provided for) filed in the Office during the course of the action or matter and before final judgment.

1
On any affidavit

No fee

2
On an attendance of an officer to produce records (in addition to the officer’s expenses) for each day or part thereof

£12·00

3
On a bond or recognizance

£4·00

4
On a case stated

£40·00

5
On a certificate of taxation of costs

£10

6
On a certificate by a court officer (inclusive of search)

£8·00

7
On a civil bill, application or notice claiming (whether on foot of a contract or tort or by virtue of anyenactment or otherwise) a sum of money or goods or chattels or any combination thereof of a value—

not exceeding £500


£80·00

exceeding £500 but not exceeding £2,000


£96·00

exceeding £2,000


£105·00

8
On a civil bill in an ejectment action

£90·00

9
On any other civil bill

£90·00

10
On a third party notice

the same fee as on the civil bill in the action

11
On a counterclaim or set-off where the amount thereof—

does not exceed £500


£40·00

exceeding £500 but does not exceed £2,000


£48·00

exceeds £2,000


£52·50

12
On a copy of any document filed or any record kept in the office (including comparison) — per page

£2·50

13
On a comparison of a document filed in the Office — per page

£2·50

14
On a decree, award, judgement, order or dismiss (other than an interlocutory order)

£40·00

15
On an interlocutory order, including an order for payment out of, or transfer or investment of, funds in court

No fee

16
On a Certificate of Readiness

£20·00

17
On a notice of appeal to a county court (not otherwise provided for)

£36·00

18
On a notice of application to the Judge for payment of funds out of court

£5·00

19
On any notice or other document in an application to the Accountant General for payment out or transfer of funds and securities in court

No fee

20
In any proceedings under the Adoption (Northern Ireland) Order 1987, under that Order as modified by the Parental Orders (Human Fertilisation and Embryology) Regulations 1994 or under section 30 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990

£36·00

21
On a notice, petition, summons or other form of application (not otherwise provided for) initiating any proceedings

£60·00

22
On a notice of application for a review by the Judge

£25·00

23
On any other notice of application to the Judge or to the District Judge (not otherwise exempted)

£26·00

24
On a notice of lodgment of money in court

£8·00

25
On a notice of acceptance of money lodged in court

£8·00

26
On a search or inspection

£7·00

27
On a witness summons

£10·00

28
On a certificate of application for discovery

£9·00

SECTION IIFees for specified proceedings within the equity and probate jurisdiction

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

No. of Fee
Item
Amount of Fee

Note:

The fees prescribed above at items 1 and 2 cover all necessary copies for service, entries in the Office, summons to proceed, all notices of motion, and all other notices of motion, (not otherwise specifically provided for) filed in the Office during the course of the suit or matter and before final judgment in the case of a probate suit, the Certificate of Decree to be transmitted to the Probate Registry.

1
On a civil bill or petition, where the property or estate of the subject matter of the proceedings—

(a)
either insofar as it consists of lands or premises does not exceed £300 in annual value or insofar as it consists of personalty does not exceed £500 in amount or value


£80·00

(b)
either insofar as it consists of lands or premises exceeds £300 in annual value or insofar as it consists of personalty exceeds £500 in amount or value


£96·00

Provided that in the case of a mortgage suit or creditor’s administration suit where the amount claimed does not exceed £300 the fee on the civil bill shall be £60

2
On a primary or final decree, order or dismiss

£40·00

3
On a decree or order not otherwise provided for (including an interlocutory order)

£40·00

4
On the taking of an account or the holding of an inquiry by an officer pursuant to an order of the Judge, for each hour or part thereof

£45·00

5
On the officer’s certificate thereof

£11·00

6
On an affidavit for the lodgment in court of a sum of money (fee to cover all necessary notices and certificates by the chief clerk)

£40·00

SECTION IIIFees to be taken in respect of proceedings under the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 and the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

No. of Fee
Item
Amount of Fee

1
On a notice of application to the court in relation to a licence, including notice of application for a declaration under Article 11 of the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1990 or for an order under Article 36 of that Order

£175·00

2
On a notice of application to the court for the grant of registration of a club under Article 6 of the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

£175·00

SECTION IVMiscellaneous fees relating to civil proceedings and matters

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

No. of Fee
Item
Amount of Fee

UNDER PART V (ENFORCEMENT OF COUNTY COURT DECREES OUTSIDE NORTHERN IRELAND) OF ORDER 40

1
On a certified copy of a decree, or a certificate in respect of a money provision, issued under Part V of Order 40

£26·00

This fee includes provision of the appropriate certificate in Forms 295-298


UNDER THE PARLIAMENTARY DOCUMENTS DEPOSIT ACT 1837

2
On a search in papers deposited under Standing Orders of Parliament, for each hour or part thereof

£9·00

3
On an extract from papers so deposited — per page

£2·50

SECTION VFees to apply in respect of applications for arbitration under Article 30(3) of the Order

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

No. of Fee
Item
Amount of Fee

1
On lodging an application in which the amount claimed, or the value of the specific chattels claimed—

does not exceed £75


£12·00

exceeds £75 but does not exceed £300


£28·00

exceeds £300 but does not exceed £500


£40·00

exceeds £500


£46·00

2
On a counterclaim or set-off where the amount thereof—

does not exceed £75


£6·00

exceeds £75 but does not exceed £300


£14·00

exceeds £300 but does not exceed £500


£20·00

exceeds £500


£23·00

SECTION VIFees to be taken in respect of proceedings under the Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 (“the Criminal Injuries Order”) and the Criminal Damage (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977 (“the Criminal Damage Order”)

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

No. of Fee
Item
Amount of Fee

1
On a notice of appeal to a county court under Article 16 of the Criminal Injuries Order

£96·00

2
On a notice of application under Article 14 of the Criminal Injuries Order

£20·00

3
On a notice of appeal to a county court under Article 15 of the Criminal Damage Order

£96·00

SECTION VIIFees to be taken in respect of proceedings under the Family Law Act 1986

Column 1
Column 2
Column 3

No. of Fee
Item
Amount of Fee

1
On an application under section 27 of the Family Law Act 1986 for the registration of a custody order

£20·00

Article 6

SCHEDULE 2Fees Payable to Process Servers

Fee

Note:

(a)
Service (except where personal service is requisite) on more than one defendant resident in the same premises shall count as only one service.

(b)
The above fees are to include completion of affidavit of service (other than commissioner’s fees) and the amount of postage, where appropriate.

1.
Subject to paragraph 2, for each service of any civil bill, petition, notice, summons or other document

£9·00

2.
Where service of any document referred to in paragraph 1 is required to be personal

£12·00

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order.)

This Order revokes and replaces the County Court Fees Order (Northern Ireland) 1994 (as amended) so as to:—
(a)increase the majority of fees to be taken in proceedings in county courts;
(b)introduce a new fee, of £20, to be payable on a Certificate of Readiness and remove the fees payable on the entry of a notice of intention to defend, on the late entry of a civil bill or defence or on the entry of a remitted action; and
(c)increase the fees payable to process servers.


(1)
1978 c. 23

(2)
S.I. 1980/397 (N.I. 3)

(3)
S.R. 1981 No. 225

(4)
S.R. 1994 No. 280

(5)
S.R. 1995 No. 221

(6)
S.R. 1995 No. 290

(7)
1954 c. 21 (N.I.)
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