Court Costs

Effective 7/1/2015

NOTICE
of increase in court costs/fees
for Hamilton Co., Indiana



The increased fees are:
Automate Record Keeping Fee
Increases from $7 to $19, effective July 1, 2015
Document Storage Fee
Increases from $2 to $5, effective July 1, 2015
Sheriff Service of Process Fee
Increases from $13 to $25, effective July 1, 2015
NEW Sheriff Service of Process Fee, post-judgment
$25, one-time per case, for post-judgment

The minimum filing fees are provided below:

  1. Civil Cases
  2. Small Claims Cases
  3. Probate Cases
Minimum filing fee = $156.00, for 1 defendant.

If service is by Sheriff, the filing fee = $181.00, for 1 defendant. Add $10.00 service fee for each additional defendant named to the case. If the case is a mortgage foreclosure, add $50.00 Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling and Education Fee.
Adoption Filing Fee (AD)
$156.00
Paternity (JP)
$175.00
Juvenile Delinquent (JC) & (JM)
$175.00
Juvenile CHINS (JC) & (JM)
$175.00
Criminal Felony & Misdemeanor
$183.00
Infraction / Ordinance Violations
$133.00 / $133.50


NEW XP CASE TYPE

Also effective July 1, 2015, expungements filed under I.C. 35‐38‐9‐2, 35‐38‐9‐3, 35‐38‐9‐4, and 35‐38‐9‐5 will incur a civil filing fee. The minimum civil filing fee will be $156.00. Expungement cases will also have their own case type of XP, effective July 1, 2015.

NOTE:
1. The Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling and Education Fee of $50.00 was reinstated effective May 6, 2015.

2. Regarding service by certified mail: for service after the initiation of a case or for service on additional parties, the person requesting service must provide the Clerk with an envelope with sufficient postage affixed, addressed to the recipient with the Clerk’s address as the return address. The forms must be completed so that the Clerk gets the return receipt.


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