Common Questions

I'm involved in a Supreme Court case and can’t afford the court fees

If you can't afford to pay court fees in a Supreme Court case, you can apply to court for an order to waive fees (formerly called an indigency order). An order to waive fees allows you to file court documents and to attend hearings without paying court filing fees. To qualify for this order, you will have to prove that you are receiving income assistance (welfare) or provide information about your income and assets, as well as your employment, education and workplace skills to show that you don't have much chance of earning enough in the future to pay court fees.

The Legal Services Society provides a do-it-yourself guide, How to get an order to waive fees, which is written for family law matters in BC Supreme Court, but the basic information for indigency orders may be applied to other types of matters as well.

Court Services Branch BC has an Order to Waive Fees Package that includes information and forms for civil and family matters in Supreme Court.

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Last reviewed January 2015
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