Changes to the payment of Court fees
Following a large push in 2016 for lawyers and self-represented litigants to use online and electronic Court resources, the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia are no longer accepting cheque or money order payments as of 1 March, 2017.
The Court will allow payments to be made in the following ways:
1. By use of a direct debit account, set-up through the Commonwealth Courts Portal;
2. By use of the Commonwealth Courts Portal online secure payment system; or,
3. In person using any credit or debit card.
What will this mean for you?
For Agency clients, the system for payments as of March 2017 presents a seamless way to organise the payment of fees for a Court appearance. The fees can be paid by you in advance where eligible, your credit or debit card details can be provided for direct payment, or funds can be transferred into our office’s trust account.
If you have any questions about the upcoming payment procedures in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court of Australia, please contact a member of our family law team in Parramatta, Norwest and Penrith: