CIRCUIT COURT FILING FEES & RELATED COSTS
Many documents filed with a court require a filing fee. Other fees you will have to pay are for the cost of serving court papers on other parties or interested persons. These costs vary depending on the type of service. Mailing can cost as little as a postage stamp to as much as $10.00 for registered or certified mail, return receipt requested. Personal service can cost from about $20.00 to as much as $100.00 if you hire a professional process server.
The Michigan Circuit Court Fee & Assessments Table is located at Fees & Assessments. Effective March 1, 2016, courts shall collect a $25.00 “electronic filing system fee” in addition to the regular filing fees.
Information about Service of Process Fees can be found at Process Service Fees.
Filing fees are determined by the Legislature and enacted into law, and the courts must comply with these laws. However, if you cannot afford to pay filing and service fees, you can file a motion with the court asking the court to waive the fees. See form MC 20, Affidavit and Order, Suspension of Fees/Costs and Michigan Court Rule 2.002 for details. The court may order you to repay these costs if you become able to pay them before your case is finished.
Other costs you may have to pay, depending on the type of case you are involved in and based on the order of the court, are court costs, reimbursement, restitution, attorney fees, assessments or state minimum costs, fines, and probation oversight fees.
If you have fee-related questions please contact the Cass County Circuit Court File Room at 269-445-4416.