Paying the court fee
A court fee is payable depending on the type of
application you are making. For example:
• To apply for judgment to be set aside
• To apply to vary a judgment or suspend enforcement
• To apply for a summons or order for a witness
• To apply by consent, or without service of the
application notice, for a judgment or order.
No fee is payable for an application by consent for an
adjournment of a hearing if it is received by the court
at least 14 days before the date of the hearing.
What if I cannot afford the fee?
If you show that a payment of a court fee would
involve undue hardship to you, you may be eligible for
a fee concession.
For further information, or to apply for a fee concession,
ask court staff for a copy of the combined booklet and
form EX160A - Court fees - Do I have to pay them?
This is also available from any county court ofce, or a
copy of the leaet can be downloaded from our website
Completing the form
Set out what order you are applying for and why;
e.g. to adjourn the hearing because..., to set aside a
judgment against me because... etc.
Most applications will require a hearing and you
will be expected to attend. The court will allocate a
hearing date and time for the application. Please
indicate in a covering letter any dates that you are
unavailable within the next six weeks.
The court will only deal with the application ‘without a
hearing’ in the following circumstances.
• Where all the parties agree to the terms of the
order being asked for;
• Where all the parties agree that the court should
deal with the application without a hearing, or
• Where the court does not consider that a hearing
would be appropriate.
Application Notice (Form N244) – Notes for Guidance
Telephone hearings are only available in applications
where at least one of the parties involved in the case
is legally represented. Not all applications will be
suitable for a telephone hearing and the court may
refuse your request.
If you do not know how long the hearing will take do
not guess but leave these boxes blank.
If your case has already been allocated a hearing
date or trial period please insert details of those dates
in the box.
If your case is being heard in the High Court or a
District Registry please indicate whether it is to be
dealt with by a Master, District Judge or Judge.
Please indicate in the box provided who you want the
court to send a copy of the application to.
In this section please set out the information you
want the court to take account of in support of the
application you are making.
If you wish to rely on:
• a witness statement, tick the rst box and attach
the statement to the application notice. A witness
statement form is available on request from the
• a statement of case, tick the second box if you
intend to rely on your particulars of claim or defence
in support of your application.
• written evidence on this form, tick the third box
and enter details in the space provided. You must
also complete the statement of truth. Proceedings
for contempt of court may be brought against a
person who signs a statement of truth without an
honest belief in its truth.
The application must be signed and include your
current address and contact details. If you agree that
the court and the other parties may communicate with
you by Document Exchange, telephone, facsimile or
email, complete the details
Before returning your form to the court
• signed the form on page 2,
• enclosed the correct fee or an application for fee
• made sufcient copies of your application and
supporting documentation. You will need to submit
one copy for each party to be served and one copy
for the court.
Court Staff cannot give legal advice. If you need
information or advice on a legal problem you can
contact Community Legal Service Direct on
0845 345 4 345 or www.clsdirect.org.uk, or a
Citizens Advice Bureau. Details of your local ofces
and contact numbers are available via their website
N244 Notes Application Notice (Form N244) – Notes for Guidance (07.08) © Crown copyright 2008