Community Legal Assistance Society - BC Judicial Review Self-Help Guide

Requisition for Court Fee Waiver

It currently costs $200 to file a judicial review. There may be additional fees for any other court applications you might need to do.

If you cannot afford these fees, and if your case has some merit, the court has the power to waive the fees. To do that, you must appear before a judge or master and prove that you cannot afford the fees. You must also show that there is at least some merit to your judicial review.

To request a waiver of fees, you will need to prepare 3 things:

  1. A requisition requesting that the court waive the fees.
  2. A draft of a court order granting the fee waiver. This is the document the judge or master will sign if your fee waiver request is granted.  You should prepare a draft order with the space for the name of the judge or master blank.
  3. An affidavit that provides evidence supporting your request for a fee waiver.

Important note: Even if you get an order from the court waiving filing fees, this does not mean that you will not have to pay the other side’s court costs if you lose.

This is a blank requisition for fee waiver that you can download and fill in: Blank Requisition for Fee Waiver

This is an example requisition for fee waiver that you can use as a guide: Example Requisition for Fee Waiver

This is a blank order to waive fees that you can download and fill in: Blank Order to Waive Fees

This is an example order to waive fees that you can use as a guide: Example Order to Waive Fees

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