New and Increased Filing Fees in North Carolina State Courts
Effective Friday, July 1, 2011, the State of North Carolina passed legislation imposing new and increased court costs. This includes a new $20.00 filing fee for every filing that contains one or more motions absent special limited exemptions. This fee applies to all filings in district court civil cases, superior court civil cases, special proceedings and estate matters. The new motion fee applies to motions contained in any filing, including complaints, counterclaims and other subsequent pleadings. The fee is assessed per filing, not per motion, so if multiple motions are contained in one filing, only one $20.00 motion fee should be charged. If motions are filed in separate documents (even if filed simultaneously), a separate motion fee should be charged for each such filing.
The new law also raised the cost to file in the North Carolina Business Court to $1,000.00. Also new, for the first time there is a filing fee to file a Counter-Claim or Cross-Claim, equal to the cost of the initial filing (up to $200.00).
As of August 1st, 2011, the cost of service of process in North Carolina doubles from $15.00 to $30.00.
To see the complete ruling, visit http://www.nccourts.org/Courts/Trial/Documents/court_costs_memo-1July2011.pdf
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