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What Are the Filing Fees in Small Claims Court?

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What Are the Filing Fees in Small Claims Court?

The cost for filing a complaint in Small Claims is:

  • $35 for one defendant.
  • $5 for each additional defendant.
  • Currently the fee is $7 for each defendant served by certified and regular mail.

This is subject to change, however. [A $3 mileage fee, plus applicable court officer mileage fees, are charged for one defendant instead of the $7 mailing fee, if the complaint is served personally by a court officer. Each additional defendant that you want the court officer to personally serve is an additional $5 fee plus applicable court officer mileage. Staff of the Special Civil Part can inform you of the mileage fees, if any.] Make a check or money order payable to the Treasurer, State of New Jersey. If you cannot afford to pay the filing fees, you may apply to the court to qualify as an indigent and your filing fees may be waived by the judge.