Filing Fee

Definition - What does Filing Fee mean?

A filing fee is generally any type of fee or payment made to a public official or government organization for their acceptance of a document for processing. In the context of the U.S. legal system, an individual or entity is required to pay a filing fee when submitting pleadings to a court in a civil dispute or for putting a deed on file as a public record.

Justipedia explains Filing Fee

Filing fees are considered controversial in nature because many people believe that it severely limits access to justice. In the United States, filing fees for civil cases vary from state to state. In some jurisdictions, filing fees are charged in proportion to the amounts sought by plaintiffs as damages. If a plaintiff seeks higher damages, he or she will have to pay a higher filing fee. In cases where a plaintiff seeks a waiver of a filing fee, many jurisdictions waive only a fraction of the fee. They waive that which is in excess of the value of the plaintiff's total assets, which means a complete waiver of a filing fee is awarded only if the plaintiff is bankrupt.

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