New and Increased Filing Fees in North Carolina State Courts

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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.

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McNair Law Firm has experienced attorneys who focus on various aspects of the law including litigation, tax, and corporate law. If you have any questions about this news alert, please contact Jeremy Stephenson or any of our North Carolina McNair attorneys on our website at

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