When you eFile with PeachCourt, rest assured that we calculate all the fees according to the applicable statutes, rules and policies…
…and those statutes, rules and policies can appear to be tricky at first glance. Below is an explanation we hope helps you understand the logic behind the fees we collect.
All of the fees described below are separate and apart from the fees each court collects (e.g., $200-ish to initiate a case, $50 for Sheriff’s Office service, fees for additional parties, fees for filing a motion, etc.).
The date on which a civil case was initiated determines which schedule of eFiling fees are applied to that case. January 1, 2019, is the date to keep in mind. Cases initiated prior to January 1, 2019, carry one schedule of fees. A different schedule of fees applies to cases initiated on and after January 1, 2019.
For 2019-and-later cases, the per-party fee of $30.00 provides for 10 filings to be made on behalf of that party. For the 11th and later filings, there is a $5.00 fee for each eFiling on behalf of that party.
For example, if you were to eFile into a pre-2019 case today, you can expect to incur an eFiling fee of $5.00. If you were to eFile into a 2019-and-later case today, you can expect to encounter no fee (unless your filing is the first in which anyone has filed on behalf of that party or your filing marks the 11th or later filing on behalf of that party).
Criminal case eFiling fees are very simple and straightforward. Expect to encounter a per-filing fee each time you eFile in a criminal case via PeachCourt. The per-filing fee is $7.00 in jurisdictions that charge this fee; some jurisdictions have a policy of waiving this fee.
Each time you pay any type of fee via PeachCourt, expect to see a “convenience fee” in an amount equal to 3.5% of the total fees, plus $0.30.
For example, a subtotal of $10.00 in fees will carry a convenience fee of $0.35 + $0.30, or $0.65.
The term “convenience fee” may seem like a misnomer, especially if you feel that such a fee is anything but convenient. Please know that we’re not attempting to be cheeky here. Instead, we’re adopting the term banks use to describe the fee they charge to online merchants, like us, for the convenience of accepting payment via credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts.