Waiver of fees for
persons of limited
If a general fee system is in
place, fees should be waived for per-
sons of limited means. The adminis-
tration of the fee waiver process is as
simple as possible for persons seeking
access to court information, through
implementation of these practices:
• Court users are informed of the
availability of fee waiver on the
website through which access is
provided and how to find and use
the fee waiver process.
• Court users are again informed of
the availability of fee waiver in the
course of the process of requesting
access to a court record — at the
point that arrangement for payment of a fee is made.
• The fee waiver application is as
easy as possible to complete.
• Court users are provided with a
means for estimating whether they
are eligible for a fee waiver.
• If a filing fee waiver has been approved in a case, it applies automatically to the payment of electronic
court record access fees by the
party for whom the filing fee waiver
has been approved, for documents
in that case.
• If a fee waiver is denied, the court
user is informed of the reasons for
denial and the availability of appeal or any other remedy. NWL
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Policy Lab at
ton. Prior to
her work with
the lab, she
served as project manager for the
Access to Justice Board Best Prac-
tices project. She is the co-chair of
the ATJ Technology Committee.
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206-685-4533. Special thanks to
Charlotte Lunday for research as-
sistance in developing this analysis.
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