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The County Court Fees (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998

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Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

1998 No. 409

COUNTY COURTS

The County Court Fees (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998

Made

18th November 1998

Coming into operation

1st December 1998

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by section 116(1) 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 (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 1998 and shall come into operation on 1st December 1998.

Fees to be taken in proceedings in county courts

2.  For Schedule 1 to the County Court Fees Order (Northern Ireland) 1996(2) there shall be substituted the new Schedule 1 set out in the Schedule to this Order.

Irvine of Lairg, C.

Dated 12th November 1998

We concur,

Jim Dowd

Bob Ainsworth

Two of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty’s Treasury

Dated 18th November 1998

Article 2

SCHEDULE

Article 4

SCHEDULE 1Fees to be taken in proceedings in County Courts

Section IFees in respect of proceedings not otherwise specifically provided for in any subsequent section of this Schedule.
Section IIFees for specified proceedings within the equity and probate jurisdiction.
Section IIIFees to be taken in respect of proceedings under the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 and the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1996.
Section IVMiscellaneous fees relating to civil proceedings and matters.
Section VFees in respect of applications for arbitration under Article 30(3) of the Order.
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”).
Section VIIFees 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 1Column 2Column 3
No. of FeeItemAmount of Fee
1On any affidavitNo fee
2On any attendance of an officer to produce records (in addition to the officer’s expenses) for each day or part thereof£14.00
3On a bond or recognizance£5.00
4On a case stated£50.00
5On a certificate of taxation of costs£12.00
6On a certificate by a court officer (inclusive of search)£10.00
7

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

  • not exceeding £500

£90.00
  • exceeding £500 but not exceeding £2,000

£110.00
  • exceeding £2,000

£120.00
8On a civil bill in an ejectment action£105.00
9On any other civil bill£105.00
10On a third party noticethe 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

£45.00
  • exceeding £500 but does not exceed £2,000

£55.00
  • exceeds £2,000

£60.00
12

On a copy, including a photographic copy, of all or any part of any document filed or any record kept in the office (including comparison)—

(a)

for five sheets or less

£5.00

(b)for each sheet thereafter

£0.25
13On a comparison of a document filed in the Office—per page£2.50
14On a decree, award, judgment, order or dismiss (other than an interlocutory order)£55.00
15On an interlocutory order, including an order for payment out of, or transfer or investment of, funds in courtNo fee
16On a Certificate of Readiness£25.00
17On a notice of appeal to a county court (not otherwise provided for)£40.00
18On a notice of application to the Judge for payment of funds out of court£5.00
19On any notice or other document in an application to the Accountant General for payment out or transfer of funds and securities in courtNo fee
20In 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£40.00
21On a notice, petition, summons or other form of application (not otherwise provided for) initiating any proceedings75.00
22On a notice of application for a review by the Judge£25.00
23On any notice of application, summons, notice of motion or other form of application to the Judge or to the District Judge (not otherwise exempted or specifically provided for)£30.00
24On a notice of lodgment of money in court£10.00
25On a notice of acceptance of money lodged in court£10.00
26On a search or inspection£9.00
27On a witness summons£12.00
28On a certificate of application for discovery£10.00
Note:

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.

SECTION IIFees for specified proceedings within the equity and probate jurisdiction

Column 1Column 2Column 3
No. of FeeItemAmount of Fee
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 personality does not exceed £500 in amount or value

£95.00

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

£110.00
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 £65
2On a primary or final decree, order or dismiss£50.00
3On a decree or order not otherwise provided for (including an interlocutory order)£50.00
4On 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£55.00
5On the officer’s certificate thereof£13.00
6On an affidavit for the lodgment in court of a sum of money (fee to cover all necessary notices and certificates by the chief clerk)£50.00
Note:

The fees prescribed above at items 1 and 2 cover, in the case of a probate suit, the Certificate of Decree to be transmitted to the Probate Registry.

SECTION IIIFees to be taken in respect of proceedings under the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 and the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

Column 1Column 2Column 3
No. of FeeItemAmount of Fee
1On a notice of application to the court in relation to a licence, including notice of application for a declaration under Article 10 of the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 or for an order under Article 31 of that Order£190.00
2On a notice of an application under Article 44—£120.00
3On a notice of application to the court for the grant of registration of a club under Article 5 of the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1996£190.00
4Children’s certificate (under Article 59 of the Licensing (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 or Article 33 of the Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1996)£10.00

SECTION IVMiscellaneous fees relating to civil proceedings and matters

Column 1Column 2Column 3
No. of FeeItemAmount of Fee
UNDER PART V (ENFORCEMENT OF COUNTY COURT DECREES OUTSIDE NORTHERN IRELAND) OF ORDER 40
1On a certified copy of a decree, or a certificate in respect of a money provision, issued under Part V of Order 40£30.00
This fee includes provision of the appropriate certificate in Forms 295–298
UNDER THE PARLIAMENTARY DOCUMENTS DEPOSIT ACT 1837
2On a search in papers deposited under Standing Orders of Parliament, for each hour or part thereof£10.00
3On 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 1Column 2Column 3
No. of FeeItemAmount of Fee
1On lodging on application in which the amount claimed, or the value of the specific chattels claimed—
does not exceed £150£13.00
exceeds £150 but does not exceed £300£30.00
exceeds £300 but does not exceed £500£45.00
exceeds £500£55.00
2On a counterclaim or set-off where the amount thereof—
does not exceed £150£7.50
exceeds £150 but does not exceed £300£15.00
exceeds £300 but does not exceed £500£20.00
exceeds £500£25.00

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 1Column 2Column 3
No. of FeeItemAmount of Fee
1On a notice of appeal to a county court under Article 16 of the Criminal Injuries Order£110.00
2On a notice of application under Article 14 of the Criminal Injuries Order£25.00
3On a notice of appeal to a county court under Article 15 of the Criminal Damage Order£110.00

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

Column 1Column 2Column 3
No. of FeeItemAmount of Fee
1On an application under section 27 of the Family Law Act 1986 for the registration of a custody order£25.00

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order.)

This order amends the County Court Fees Order (Northern Ireland) 1996 so as to increase a number of court fees to be taken in proceedings in county courts.

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