Waiver of Court Fees Requests

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The court recognizes that some people are not able to pay the court fees related to filing a claim.

Eligibility
To qualify for a waiver of these court fees, one of the following conditions should exist:
  1. You are receiving Public Aid or other public benefit.
  2. Your net income is 125% or less of the federal poverty level.
  3. Your income is over 125% of the federal poverty level, but your family and you will suffer serious hardship if you must pay the costs.
125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines for 2016
(Figures are computed for the 48 contiguous states and D.C.)
Family Size
Weekly
Monthly
Annually
1
$309.38
$1,237.50
$14,850.00
2
$417.18
$1,668.75
$20,025.00
3
$525.00
$2,100.00
$25,200.00
4
$632.81
$2,531.25
$30,375.00
5
$740.62
$2,962.50
$35,550.00
6
$848.43
$3,393.75
$40,725.00
7
$956.52
$3,826.08
$45,913.00
8
$1064.85
$4,259.41
$51,113.00
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Other Requested Information
You may also be requested to provide the court the following information:
  • The amount and sources of your income (for example $339.00 per month in AFDC, supplemented by Food Stamps, Public Aid, Veteran Assistance, General Assistance from township).
  • Your income you had in the last year.
  • Any changes you expect your income to go up or down, in either case you should list what you except your income to be in the future.
  • List of names and birthdays of your children and/or others you support financially.
  • Total value of your possessions.
  • Year and make of your cars.
  • Estimated value of your car.
Application Process
The decision of whether to waive a filing fee lies with the judge. If you wish to ask the court to waive the filing fee, please fill out a Petition and Order to Sue or Defend as an Indigent Person (PDF)