Waiving filing fees in small claims court

True or false?

It’s possible to have the court filing fees waived in small claims court.

Small claims court is meant to be accessible to everyone. But there’s a hitch: the court charges filing fees to the parties involved in a case. These fees can be a barrier for many people. If this is you, there may be an easy solution. Learn how you can ask to have the fees waived, so you don’t have to pay them.

What you should know

Applying to have court fees waived

Common questions

Who can help

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Anna Kurt, Ganapathi Law Group and Christopher Heslinga, Law Students' Legal Advice Program

Anna Kurt
Christopher Heslinga

Also on this topic

Still not sure what to do?

If you're looking for advice specific to your situation, there are options for free or low-cost help.

Options for legal help

This website explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. The cases we refer to reflect real experiences, but names have been changed. See our full disclaimer.

Get the latest free info — sign up for our newsletter

Access the email newsletter archive.

Contact us

You can reach us by phone at 604-331-5400. More contact info.

Also from People's Law School

Dial-A-Law: A starting point for information on the law in British Columbia in 190+ topic areas. Available online and by phone.

Unbundled Legal Services: Learn about a new service model for lower-cost legal help. 

Beagle: A chatbot that helps with common legal problems. Look in the bottom right corner :)

Thanks to our funders

Meet our primary funders.

People's Law School logo

We are grateful to work on the unceded traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, whose Peoples continue to live on and care for these lands.