Circuit Court Clerk Filing Fees **Updated**



Please note that effective July 1, 2016, there is a Sheriff Fee increase in the Circuit Court Clerk Filing Fee schedule. Refer to the table below or click the following link to view or download the updated fee schedule in Adobe PDF format.

(Unless otherwise specified by statute, fees in civil cases should be paid in advance)

(Fees for initiation of new case include $23.75 state litigation tax and $33.75 county litigation tax)


Civil Actions
(Service of Process Fees Not Included)
1. Category One Cases
Contracts; torts; personal injury; property damage; malpractice; wrongful death; employment discrimination; civil rights suits; tax disputes; special remedies and cases not otherwise specified.
284.50
2. Category Two Cases
Worker's comp cases; appeals to Circuit from General Sessions, city courts and other courts or hearings; writs of mandamus; condemnation/inverse condemnation; quo warranto actions: and writs of certiorari.
209.50
3. Category Three Cases
Restoration of citizenship; legitimations; name changes; minor's settlements; enforcement of foreign judgments and all other court approved settlements.
159.50
4. Petition for Contempt (on existing cases) 77.00
5. Petition to Encroach Funds27.00

Domestic Relations Actions
  W/O Service Fee W/ DC Sheriff Fee
1.   Divorce (w/ minor children)259.50301.50
2.   Divorce (w/o minor children)184.50226.50
3.   Petitions (on existing cases)
     Contempt and modification.
77.00119.00
4.   Category Three Cases
Adoptions (add $30.00 for each child as birth
certificate application fee payable to Circuit Court Clerk);
termination of parental rights; registration and/or enforcement
of foreign decree; paternity cases and other domestic relations
matters not otherwise designated.
159.50201.50

Miscellaneous/Other Charges and Fees
1. Service of Process Fee
Davidson County Sheriff advanced fees (per defendant/witness, etc., payable to Circuit Court Clerk)
Civil Summons and Subpoenas
40.00
Foreign Court Subpoenas (payable to Davidson County Sheriff)
42.00
Out-of-County Sheriff (payable to the Out-of-County Sheriff)
42.00
Commissioner of Insurance (payable to the Commissioner of Insurance)
15.00
Secretary of State (payable to the Secretary of State)
20.00
2. Post-Judgment Requests25.00
Applies to each requested garnishment, execution, levy, post-judgment interrogatory, publication request, motions to set installment payments, and post-judgment orders and pleas.
3. Subpoenas (Clerk Fee)6.00
4. Continuances (taxed at end of case)7.00
5. Copies.50/page
6. Mailing (certified or registered mail)actual costs
7. Certification and Seal5.00
8. Receiving Funds on Confirmation of Private Sale40.00
9.Expungements100.00
10. Notice of Appeal25.00
11.Preparing a Record on Appeal from Circuit Court to an Appellate Court300.00
12.Cross-filings and Counter-complaints102.00
13.Third Party Complaints: Same fee as original complaint minus $57.50 litigation tax
14.Intervening Complaint (Civil)227.00
15.Intervening Complaint (Domestic)102.00

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