If electronic file and serve is used, additional costs are imposed, including a $0.75 filing fee paid to the court and any service charges determined by the e-file and serve provider.

 

Civil Cases

Type of Filing

Fee

Complaint, Petition for Instituting Civil Action, Suit or Proceeding

$225

Violence Against Women Act of 1998 (VAWA) Cases

No Fee

First Amended Complaint

$50

Second Amended Complaint and Each Subsequent Amended Complaint

$75

Answer

$75

Amended Answer(s)

$20

Cross-Complaint

$125

Third Party Complaint

$100

Motion for Summary Judgment

$100

Motion to Dismiss

$100

Motion for Reconsideration

$100

Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus and Any other Applications/ Petitions for Writ

$200

Petition to Perpetuate Testimony

$25

Other Motions, Requests, or Filings Not Specifically Designated Above

$25 per motion, including motions in the alternative

 

 

 

Drug Court

Type of Fee

Fee

Participant Assessment Fee (payable $30/month or $15/biweekly)

$540

 

Family Court Cases

Type of Filing

Fee

Complaint, Petition, or other first paper for Divorce/Dissolution, Legal Separation, Nullity, Custody and/or Visitation, Guardianship, Change of Name, and Paternity

$225

Petition for Adoption

$225

Order to Show Cause to Modify or to Enforce: Custody and/or Visitation Judgment or Child Support Orders

$20

Other Motions, Requests, or Other Filings Not Specifically Designated Above

$25 per motion, including motions in the alternative

 

 

 

Family Court Mediation Services

Each party pays for three hours of mediation, which is non-refundable. If mediation lasts more than three hours, each party pays the additional fee in one hour increments. “Gross Income” equals all income before any withholding or deductions. Payments must be made seven business days before the scheduled mediation session.

Per Party-Gross Income

Fee

Less than $20,000

$10/hr

$20,000 or more

$15/hr

$25,000 or more

$20/hr

$30,000 or more

$25/hr

$40,000 or more

$40/hr

$50,000 or more

$60/hr

 

 

 

Probate Filings

Type of Filing

Fee

First Petition for Letters of Administration, Petition for Special Letters of Administration, Petition for Letters of Testamentary

$225

Creditor Filing a Claim Against an Estate

$75

Filing of Last Will & Testament & Codicil

$50

Filing of Subsequent Wills & Testaments & Codicils

$50

Estate of Limited Value

$150

Other Motions, Requests, or Other Filings Not Specifically Designated Above

$25 per motion, including motions in the alternative

 

 

 

Small Claims Cases

Type of Filing

Fee

Claim of $500 or less

$20

Claim of $501 to $2,000

$40

Claim of $2,001 to $3,000

$50

Claim of $3,001 to $5,000

$75

Amendment to Smail Claims Complaint and Summons (including Re-filing the Complaint or the Changing of Any Hearing Date)

$10

Notice of Appeal in Small Claims Cases

$150

Motion for Order to Show Cause

$20

Motion for Order in Aid of Judgment

$20

Other Motions, Requests, or Other Filings Not Specifically Designated Above

$25 per motion, including motions in the alternative

 

Marshal Service Division

Type of Service

Fee

Service of Summons and Copy of a Complaint (including Small Claims Complaint), Petition or Application Furnished by Plaintiff for Each Defendant (Non E-file cases)

$40*

Service of Subpoenas or Witness Summons for Each Witness

$40*

Service of Order to Show Cause or Order in Aid of Judgment to each Defendant

$40*

Service of All Other Documents Not Listed Above for Each Person Served (including Notices, Writs, Releases, Warrants of Arrest, Orders from other jurisdictions)

$50*

Writs of Attachment

$100*

Releases and Modification of Writs of Attachment

$100*

Enforce Writs of Possession

$100*

Postponement of Sale

$100*

All Other Marshal Service Division Services Not Listed Above (including Notices, Writs, Releases, Warrants of Arrest, Orders from other jurisdictions)

$100*

* Plus Vehicle Usage Flat Mileage Fee (for any Marshal Service Division service requiring usage of a vehicle)

+$30

 

 

 

 

Transcripts

Type of Transcript

Fee

Original

$5/pg

Expedited Transcripts (Expedited: within 10 Calendar days of request)

$7/pg

Additional Copies

$2/pg

 

Jury Trials

For each jury trial less than five business days, there is requirement to submit a refundable advance deposit of $1,500, paid to the Superior Court no later than five business days before the start of trial. For each additional day, there is a requirement to submit a refundable advance deposit of $500/day. Payment for each additional day must be made prior to start of the day’s proceedings.

Type of Service

Fee

Demand for Civil Jury Trial

$400 non-refundable

Service of Summons on Each Prospective Juror (charged against the party requesting a jury trial)

$10 each

Jury Compensation

$50/day

 

Superior Court Document Handling

Type of Document

Fee

Photocopy of Any Document (including Copies of Birth or Death Certificates)

$1/pg

Electronic Copy

$1/pg

Copies of Audio Recording, if blank tape or CD provided to Court

$20/tape/CD

Copies of Audio Recording, if blank tape or CD not provided to Court

$25/tape/CD

Docket Sheet, first page

$20

Docket Sheet, each additional page

$2

Docket Certification

$20

Comparison Cost (comparing duplicate with original for Clerk’s certification)

$10/pg

Certification of Document(s) (including Certification of True Copies Filed with the Recorder’s Office, Affidavit of Single Status, Certification of Birth Certificate)

$25

Filing Copy of Commission of Notary Public

$1

Comparing and Certifying the Signature, Seal, and Effective Date of Notary Public

$40

Search & Authentication of Contents of Commission of Notary Public

$40

Authentication/Exemplification by Judge

$30

Case Searches (in excess of 15 minutes)—whenever a person requests that a member of the Clerk’s Office initiate a search of cases for a party, a case number, or other case information

$20/hr (non-prorated)

All Other Document Handling Services

$25

 

 Witness Travel and Appearance

Description

Fee

For witness travel costs, ground transportation, and accommodations: A witness who is summoned to appear and does appear in a civil proceeding which is held on the same island in the Commonwealth where the witness is served, no travel fees shall be paid. A witness who is summoned and appears for a civil proceeding which is on a different island in the Commonwealth, shall receive the cost of transportation necessary for his appearance and return. In such a case, the party requesting the witness summons shall purchase and present a ticket for transportation to the Clerk of the Court at the time of the issuance of witness summons. The summons and ticket shall be served at the same time; provided, however, if part or all of said transportation is provided at no expense to the witness, the latter shall be entitled to receive ticket or money only for the part of the travel at the witness’s expense.

 

Variable

Regular Witness Fee

$40/day

 

 

  

Commonwealth Recorder

If E-filing or E-services are used, additional costs are imposed: those costs include a $2/filing fee paid to the court and any service charges determined by the E-filing provider.

Type of Service

Fee

Recording of Documents (Deeds, Leases, Assignments, Powers of Attorney, and Other Conveyances)

$20 1st/pg. $2 each add’l pg.

Recording of Marriage Certificate

$25

Recording of UCC Documents

$20/1st pg. $2 each add’l pg

Copy of UCC Documents

$2/pg.

Recording of Maps

$25/pg.

Electronic or Print Copies of Maps

$50/pg

All Other Recordings

$20/1st pg. $2 each add’l pg.

 

Miscellaneous

Service/Document

Fee

Criminal Record Clearance

$25

Traffic History (Taxi, Insurance, etc.)

$25

Traffic Clearance (renewal of license)

$5

Acknowledgment/Affidavit (except in criminal cases)

$15

E-filing and E-services (in addition to charges imposed by the electronic filing service provider)

+ $0.75/filing

Notice of Appeal* in Civil, Criminal, and Traffic Cases

$175

Notice of Appeal* in Small Claims Cases

$150

Violence Against Women Act of 1998 (VAWA) Cases

No Fee

All Other Clearances

$25