Court fees in the Republic of Croatia are set out in the Court Fees Act No. 118/18 (Zakon o sudskim pristojbama) and the Decree on the Court Fee Tariff (Uredba o tarifi sudskih pristojbi) prescribed by the Government of the Republic of Croatia.
Pursuant to Article 5 of the Court Fees Act, the fees prescribed by the Tariff shall be paid by cashless payment, in cash, in revenue stamps issued by the Republic of Croatia, or electronically.
For petitions submitted electronically, pursuant to special regulations via the information system which is used in court business, a fee is paid on submission. The amount paid is half the fee established by the tariff.
For decisions served by a court electronically, pursuant to the special regulations via the information system which is used in court business, half the fee established by the tariff is paid, if it is paid within three days from the day of electronic service.
Court fees are paid in all civil and commercial court proceedings. Pursuant to Article 11 of the Court Fees Act, the following are exempt:
- the Republic of Croatia and government bodies
- persons and bodies exercising public authority in procedures arising from the exercise of these powers
- workers in disputes and other procedures related to the exercise of their rights arising from employment
- civil servants and employees in administrative disputes related to the exercise of their rights stemming from employment
- disabled war veterans of the Croatian War of Independence, based on appropriate documents proving their status, as well as disabled persons, based on appropriate documents of the Department of Expertise, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment of Persons with Disabilities
- spouses, children and parents of soldiers who were killed, missing and detained in the Croatian War of Independence, based on appropriate documents proving their status
- spouses, children and parents of persons who were killed, missing and detained in the Croatian War of Independence, based on appropriate documents proving their status
- refugees, displaced persons and returnees, based on appropriate documents proving their status
- welfare recipients who receive subsistence allowance
- humanitarian organisations, organisations dealing with the protection of families of those killed, missing and detained in carrying out humanitarian activities and organisations of disabled people
- children as parties in proceedings for maintenance or in proceedings concerning claims based on that right
- parties initiating proceedings for the determination of maternity or paternity and proceedings for the costs incurred by pregnancy and the birth of a child outside of marriage
- parties seeking restoration of legal capacity
- minors seeking authorisation to enter marriage
- parties to the proceedings in order to hand over a child and for the purpose of exercising a personal relationship with a child
- parties initiating procedures over rights arising from compulsory pension and general medical insurance, over rights of the unemployed pursuant to employment regulations and social welfare rights
- parties initiating procedures for the protection of constitutionally guaranteed human rights and freedoms against final individual acts
- parties in environmental pollution compensation disputes
- trade unions and higher level trade union associations in civil proceedings for judicial approval of replacement and in collective labour disputes and union representatives in civil proceedings in the exercise of the powers of the works council
- consumers as bankruptcy debtors
- other persons and bodies as required by a special law.
A foreign state is exempt from the payment of fees, if so provided by international treaty or subject to reciprocity.
In case of doubt about the conditions of reciprocity, the court will request an explanation from the Ministry of Justice.
The exemption from point 10 applies to those humanitarian organisations for which the minister responsible for social welfare affairs issues an appropriate decision.
Exemption from the payment of court fees does not apply to the bodies of municipalities and cities unless, in accordance with a special law, the exercise of public authority has been delegated to them.
In European small claims procedures, the following fees are payable:
- for a claim - the plaintiff pays
- for lodging a defence - the defendant pays
- for a judgement - the plaintiff pays
- for an appeal - the appellant pays
- for a response to an appeal – the person filing the response pays (responding is optional)
I. For a claim, counter-claim, judgement and an objection to an order for payment, a court fee commensurate to the dispute amount is to be paid (calculated only for the amount of the main application without interest and costs), as follows:
up to HRK
А fee of HRK 500.00 is payable on amounts above HRK 15,000.00 and plus 1% on the difference above HRK 15,000.00, but not more than HRK 5,000.00.
II. Half of the fee referred to under point I is payable for lodging a defence and for a response to an appeal.
III. Double the amount of court fees referred to in point I is payable on appeal of a judgement.
IV. A court fee is not payable where a court settlement is reached during the court proceedings.
If a party fails to pay the fee within the prescribed deadline or fails to inform the court thereof, the court will, within a further 15-day deadline, attach a certificate of enforceability to the decision on the fee or the complaint decision and submit it to the Financial Agency for enforced payment from the party's funds in accordance with the provisions of the law governing the enforcement of rulings on monetary assets.
Pursuant to Article 28 of the Court Fees Act, the court must first warn the party to the court action of the obligation to pay the fee, and where he party fails to immediately comply with the warning, the court must warn the party to pay the fee within three days. If the party fails to act on the warning or was not present at the court action for which the fee is due, and it failed to pay the fee, the court will adopt a decision in respect of the fee on which the additional charge of HRK 100 is payable.
Court fees are to be paid by cashless payment, in cash, in revenue stamps issued by the Republic of Croatia or electronically.
The cash fee can also be paid in the court's accounting, in which case the court is obliged to pay that money into the budget revenue from court fees within five days of the date of collection.
Fees can be paid in revenue stamps if the fee is less than HRK 100.
Information on fee payment method is to be made available on the e-Bulletin Board website, court websites and in court offices.
Court fees can be paid through any bank or post office into the State Budget of the Republic of Croatia.
In order to pay court fees from abroad the following information must be included:
Giro account (CC): 1001005-1863000160
Reference number: 5045-20735-PIN (or other personal identification number for the payer)
Beneficiary: Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Croatia, on behalf of the Commercial Court in Zagreb
The payment description should include the fee for case ________ (number of the case file, and a description of the payment, e.g. court fee for a proposal to issue the European order for payment)
Once payment has been made, proof of payment must be sent to the court trying the case for which the fee is being paid, including a reference to the number of the case being heard (if the case number is known) or where an application for the issuance of an European order for payment has just been filed then proof of the bank payment must accompany the application.
The parties are to submit documents to the court regularly by mail (registered or ordinary parcel delivery) or electronically, in a form pursuant to special regulations via the information system which is used in court business.
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