The court costs for the European small claims procedure are set out in the Law on Court Costs (Gerichtskostengesetz).
The court requests the payment of court costs by way of a court cost invoice. Fees are due when the application initiating the procedure is lodged. However, the progress of the procedure does not depend on the payment of fees.
In addition to the applicant, anyone on whom such liability is imposed by the court, or anyone who assumes liability as part of a settlement, is also liable for the court fees.
The specific fees are listed in an appendix (Cost Index – Kostenverzeichnis) to the Law on Court Costs. Point 1210 of the Cost Index specifies a fee rate of 3.0 for the European small claims procedure. In case of early termination of the procedure, this fee is reduced to a rate of 1.0 (Point 1211 of the Cost Index).
The amount of the fee is determined by the amount in dispute, which is usually identical to the value of the claim lodged.
Values up to
3.0 fee rate
1.0 fee rate
In addition to the fees, all expenses incurred must be paid, such as the costs of service, witnesses, experts and interpreters.
Payment is possible by bank transfer to the account indicated in the invoice. The reference number must be indicated in the transfer.
a) by bank transfer
Payment by bank transfer is possible.
b) by credit card
Payment by credit card is not possible.
c) by direct debit from your bank account
Payment by direct debit is not possible.
d) other methods of payment (please specify)
No other methods of payment are available.
The progress of the procedure does not depend on the payment.
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Last update: 05/11/2020