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Civil Fees

 Civil Filing Fees

Civil fees are due at the time of filing your papers and are not refundable. If you cannot pay the fee at the time of filing, you may apply for a fee deferral/waiver. If the fee deferral is granted, collections of those fees are the same as any other monetary obligation. ORS 21.100.  

Trial Fees

In any civil action, suit or proceeding other than a protective proceeding or a probate, adoption or change of name proceeding, trials fees shall be collected. The amount of the fee for the first day of trial shall be collected in advance and is due and payable when the action, suit or proceeding is set for trial. The amount of the fee for subsequent days of trial shall be collected on the day the trial concludes. ORS 21.225

 Refund of Trial Fees

A refund of trial fees may be refunded to the party that paid the fee if all claims in the action or proceeding are decided without the commencement of a trial and the party that paid the fee files a motion and affidavit requesting refund of the fee not more than 15 days after entry of judgment disposing of the action or proceeding. ORS 21.225

 Fee Waiver or Fee Deferral

An in person request for a fee waiver or fee deferral must be submitted to the Civil Department located in the Justice Services Building, First Floor, for review no later than 5:00pm of the same day that you are filing your court documents.  Due to the processing time of in person requests for a fee waiver/fee deferral, you are encouraged to file in person requests no later than 4:00pm of the same date you are filing your court documents.   

Fee Waiver and Fee Deferral forms are also available online to print.  

If your initial request for a fee waiver or deferral is denied, you may request that your application be reviewed by a judge for final determination.

Refunds or Overpayment

All refunds and overpayments will be in the form of a state issued check and may take up to 30 days after monies have been received by the court.