Court fees for the European Payment Order Procedure are governed by the “Court Fees Act” (Gerichtskostengesetz – GKG)
Court fees can be paid either upon application or by paying a court fees invoice. Technically speaking, payment is made via bank transfer.
§ 12(3) and (4) of the Court Fees Act provides that the European Payment Order is to be issued only after payment of the designated fee.
The precise fees are specified in an annex to the Court Fees Act (Cost index [Kostenverzeichnis – KV-GKG)]). Number 1100 KV-GKG provides for a fee with a charge rate of 0.5 for the European Payment Order Procedure.
The amount of the fee is determined by the value of the dispute, which is normally identical to the amount of the claim brought. If, in addition to the principal claim, interest or costs are also involved as ancillary claims, the value of these ancillary claims is not taken into account.
The court fee to be paid upon the issue of a European Payment Order is:
|Value of dispute up to||Fee in EUR||Value of dispute up to||Fee in EUR|
|1 000||32.00||65 000
|1 500||35.50||80 000
|2 000||44.50||95 000
|3 000||54.00||110 000
|4 000||63.50||125 000
|5 000||73.00||140 000
|6 000||82.50||155 000
|7 000||92.00||170 000
|8 000||101.50||185 000
|9 000||111.00||200 000
|10 000||120.50||230 000
|13 000||133.50||260 000
|16 000||146.50||290 000
|19 000||159.50||320 000
|22 000||172.50||350 000
|25 000||185.50||380 000
|30 000||203.00||410 000
|35 000||220.50||440 000
|40 000||238.00||470 000
|45 000||255.50||500 000
If the advance payment on court fees is not made, the court will not issue a payment order and the proceedings will not be taken any further.
In order for the payment to be assigned to the corresponding file number by the court, it is imperative that the applicant also specifies the file number when making the bank transfer.
The advance on court fees can be paid directly when filing the application. If it has not yet been paid, the court will send a court fees invoice to the applicant.
a) Bank transfer
You may pay by bank transfer.
b) Credit card
You may not pay by credit card.
c) Collection from the applicant’s bank account by the court
Payment by means of collection from the applicant’s bank account is not possible.
d) Legal aid
Where the applicant has been granted legal aid, he or she will not be required to pay any legal costs or make any advance payments. The application for legal aid may be submitted to the same court as the application for a European Payment Order.
There are no other types of payment.
After successful payment, the court will assign the payment to the application and process the application.
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