Example Court Fees

 

Court Fees*

Starting At.....

OutOfCourt

+ Trade Mark Infringement

$175,000+Set your budget

+ Patent Infringement*

$350,000+Set your budget

+ Australian Consumer Law

$50,000+Set your budget

+ Family Court Matters

$150,000+Set your budget

+ Dividing Fence Dispute

$10,000+Set your budget

+ Information Theft

$175,000+Set your budget
+ Average Commercial$140,000+Set your budget

*Estimates as provide to OutOfCourt. Fee examples are indended for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to be, and should not be construed as an offer. Past fees are not an indication of future fees. Actual fees will vary. 

Court Case Fees

Court cases are expensive. One of the reasons they are expensive is because each side appoints lawyers to be a positive advocate for their case. This necessarily incurs fees. In addition, it is very common to appoint Barristers (Counsel) in a case to argue the matter in Court.

Usual fees in a Court case include:

  • The filing fee. This is the fee paid to a Court to start the matter. The Federal Court fee (as at 1 July 2020) to file a Claim is $4,100.00 for a corporation. That is just the Court fee and does not include Lawyer fees or Barrister fees.
  • A Counter-Claim fee. It is often the case that two parties will have a claim against each other. Therefore when one party starts a case the other party will "counter claim". The Court charges a fee to file a counter claim. The Federal Court fee (as at 1 July 2020) to file a Counter claim is $4,100.00 for a corporation. That is just the Court fee and does not include Lawyer fees or Barrister fees.
  • Set Down fee. This is the fee paid to the Court to set the matter down for a hearing. The Federal Court set down fee (as at 1 July 2020) is $6,850 for a corporation.
  • Daily fees paid to the Court to hear the matter. These costs are based on the number of days for the trial. For days 2, 3 and 4 the fee is $2,735.00 (per day) for a corporation. Days 5-9 is $4,935 (per day) for a corporation. The price for day 10 and onwards is almost $10,000 per day.
  • Transcript fees. These are the fees paid to an organisation that transcribed the proceedings. A transcript is necessary because a record of what was argued is required. It is also necessary as what is argued or stated in a hearing is then quoted back to the Court in closing submissions. Fees of $1,700 plus GST per day are not unusual.
  • Lawyer fees. Lawyers typically charge in 6 minute increments. So for every piece of work including emails on a matter there is a charge. It is almost impossible to estimate the costs of a Court case because it is not possible to determine how much work is required on a case or how strongly the case will be defended (if at all).
  • Barrister fees.
    • Evidence rules have become so complex that it is necessary to appoint a Barrister to argue your case. In the OutOfCourt resolution system our Panelists are able to vary the rules of evidence to make the matter simpler for the parties.
    • Barristers typically require 1-2 days preparation for each day in Court.