District Court Fee Hike to Take Effect May 1

On May 1, all federal district courts will begin charging a $50 administrative fee for filing a civil action, suit or proceeding in a district court in addition to the $350 filing fee. The Judicial Conference approved this amendment in September thereby increasing the total filing fee to $400. The administrative fee does not apply to miscellaneous civil cases, habeas corpus cases, or to cases filed by pro se prisoner plaintiffs who have been provisionally granted permission to proceed in forma pauperis.