Fee Waiver Request
I cannot afford to go to court. I cannot afford an attorney. What is a fee waiver?
A Fee Waiver Request can be made if you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs associated with your case. In most cases, you have to pay a fee to file papers with the court. The fees are uniform in all 58 California counties (except for Riverside, San Bernardino and San Francisco counties, where fees may include a small surcharge related to local court construction needs).
I cannot afford the filing fee. Can I get a fee waiver?
If you cannot afford the filing fee or other court costs, you may qualify to have these fees and costs waived by the court. You file for a Fee Waiver Request when submit your initial documents to the clerk of the court.
Fee Waiver Request Requirements
I cannot afford to go to court. I cannot afford an attorney. Do I qualify for a fee waiver?
Your Fee Waiver Request should only be made by those applicants who are low-income and cannot afford to pay the fee to file on their court papers. You qualify for a fee waiver if:
- You are receiving public benefits, like Medi-Cal, Food Stamps (CalFresh), Cal-Works, General Assistance, SSI, SSP, Tribal TANF, IHHS or CAPI;
- If your household income, before taxes, is less than the amounts listed on Form FW-001 in item 5b; or,
- The court finds that you do not have enough income to pay for your household’s basic needs and the court fees.
Click on the following links for a Fee Waiver Request form:
File Download (PDF File): fw001 – fee waiver request
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