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The Matrimonial Causes Fees Order (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Article 4

SCHEDULE 1Fees to be taken in all Matrimonial Proceedings

Column 1Column 2Column 3
ItemFee £Document to be endorsed

Commencement of Proceedings

1.  On sealing an originating summons—

125·00The filed copy

2.  On presenting any petition other than a second petition presented with leave granted under rule 10(3)—

(a)When the petition is presented to the the High Court

135·00The filed copy

(b)When the petition is presented to a divorce county court

115·00The filed copy
Note: Fees to include provision for the number of initial copies required for service

Applications for Ancillary Relief

3.  On filing a notice of application for ancillary relief

30·00The filed copy

Application concerning Children

4.  On an application for an order relating to the custody or education, access, committal to care of, or provision of supervision for, a child, except where the application is for an order by consent

30·00The filed copy

Other Applications in Proceedings

5.  On any application in matrimonial proceedings, except where it is otherwise provided for in this Schedule, or is for an order by consent, made

(i)to a master or registrar

30·00The filed copy

(ii)to a judge

40·00The filed copy

Writs of Subpoena and Witness Summonses

6.  On sealing a writ of subpoena or issuing a witness summons, per person

5·00The filed copy

Copies of documents

(i)7.  Personal Applications

(a)for a copy of all or part of any document, issued as an office copy, for each page

1·00The requisition

(b)for a certified copy of any document per page

2·50The requisition

(c)for a sealed and certified copy of any document per page

3·00The requistion

(ii)Postal applications in addition to the fees at 7(i) above, for a copy of any of the documents referred to

5·00The requisition

Searches and Inspections

8.  On a search (including inspection)

5·00The requisition

(i)9.  For an official certificate of the result of a search in any index

5·00The requisition

(ii)Postal applications, in addition to the fee at 9(i) above

5·00The requisition


10.  For signing, settling or approving an advertisement

5·00The requisition


11.  On filing a notice of appeal from a registrar to a judge in chambers

40·00The filed copy

12.  On entering any appeal (including an interlocutory appeal) to the Court of Appeal

125·00The filed copy The notice of appeal or requisition


13.  On the taxation of a bill of costs:

Where the amount allowed does not exceed £5

1·00The bill

Where the amount allowed exceeds £5 but does not exceed £100, for every £1 or fraction thereof:

0·15The bill

Where the amount allowed exceeds £100—


for the first £100

0·22The bill

(ii)for every £1 or fraction thereof over £100

0·15The bill

14.  On withdrawal of a bill of costs which has been lodged for taxation

Such fee (not exceeding the amount which would have been payable under Fee No. 13 if the bill had been allowed in full) as shall appear to the taxing master to be fair and reasonable. Providing that the taxing master may in any case require the bill of costs to be stamped before taxation with the whole or part of the amount of fees which would be payable if the bill were allowed by him at the full amount thereof.The bill


15.  On any application for enforcement of a matrimonial order

30·00The filed copy

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