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FEE SUMMARY CHART

REVISED SCHEDULE OF CIRCUIT COURT
CHARGES, COSTS, AND FEES
ESTABLISHED UNDER COURTS ARTICLE, § 7-202

Effective October 1, 2011

  1. I. Scope of Schedule.
    1. A.  Courts.
      1. 1. Circuit Courts. This Schedule applies to court charges, costs, and fees in connection with civil and criminal actions filed or pending in a circuit court and other services of clerks of the circuit courts.
      2. 2. Appellate Courts. This Schedule does not apply to any charge, cost, or fee in the Court of Appeals or Court of Special Appeals.
      3. 3. District Court. This Schedule does not apply to any charge, cost, or fee in the District Court, other than deposits under Rule 7-103.
    2. B. Limitations.
      1. 1. Imposition under Statute or Rule. This Schedule does not affect any charge, cost, or fee set or required to be assessed by statute or rule. See, e.g., Courts Article, §§ 2-102(b)(1) and (2), 5-1002, 7-204, 7-401, 7-402, and 7-409, as to the minimum auditor’s compensation and fees for counsel in Baltimore City, prisoner litigation, appearance fees, supplementary proceedings, sheriffs' fees, and criminal injuries compensation and crime victims' fees, respectively.  
      2. 2. Waiver by Statute. This Schedule does not affect any waiver, by statute, of a charge, cost, or fee or its prepayment. See, e.g., Courts Article, § 7-202(b); Criminal Procedure Article, § 1-203(d)(4); and Family Law Article, §§ 4-504(c) and 5-1011(c), as to charges against Baltimore City or any other county, petitions for return of seized property, petitioners for protective orders against domestic violence, and child support enforcement.
      3. 3. Waiver by Court. This Schedule does not interfere with a court's authority or duty, under statute or rule, to waive a charge, cost, or fee or its prepayment. See, e.g., Courts Article, § 7-201 and Rules 1-325(a) and 2-603(e).
      4. 4. Assessment Against and Allocation Among Parties. This Schedule does not interfere with a court's authority or duty, under statute or rule, to assess costs against a party or to allocate costs among parties. See, e.g., Agriculture Article, §§ 4-125(d) and 5-111(c), Courts Article, §§ 3-228(b) and 7-409(d), Family Law Article, § 4-506(d)(12), Labor and Employment Article, §§ 3-605 and 9-902(f), Real Property Article, § 10-108, and Rules 1-325(b), 2-415(a), 2-506(d), and 2-603(a), (c), and (d), and 4-353.
    3. C. Uniformity. For services enumerated in this Schedule, the charges, costs, and fees shall be uniform throughout the State exclusively as provided in this Schedule.
  2. II. Charges, Costs, and Fees.
    1. A. Initial Filing Fee and MLSC Surcharge.
      1. 1. Civil Actions Other Than Juvenile Proceedings and Appeals.
        1. (A) Unless a different fee is prescribed in paragraph (C) of this subsection, a clerk shall collect an $80 filing fee for docketing a civil action or proceeding, not including an appeal but including:
          1. (1) a supplemental bill of complaint under Rule  9-202(d);
          2. (2) a certified copy of a pleading giving rise to a lis pendens or a notice of lis pendens; and
          3. (3) a petition for writ of habeas corpus.
        2. (B) For a right of redemption case, a clerk shall collect, in addition to the filing fee and surcharge required under paragraphs (A) and (D) of this subsection, a $10 fee for each parcel after the first.   
        3. (C) A clerk shall collect:
          1. (1) a $10 filing fee for docketing a petition for confirmation, correction, or modification of an arbitration award under Courts Article, Title 3, Subtitle 2, for confirmation of an arbitration award under Courts Article, § 3-2A-05(i); and
          2. (2) a $25 filing fee for docketing:
            1. (a) a summons or other notice of a court of another state for appearance of a witness for deposition;  
            2. (b) a foreign judgment under the Maryland Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judgments Act (Courts Article, §§ 11-801 through 11-807);  
            3. (c) a certified copy of a foreign custody order under the Maryland Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (Family Law Article, § 9.5-101 through 9.5-318); and  
            4. (d) a motion under Rule 16-732(d)for an order in connection with a subpoena of Bar Counsel.
          3. (3) a $100 fee for the special admission of an out-of-state attorney under Rule 14 of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Maryland and section 10-215 of the Business Occupations and Professions Article.
        4. (D) In addition to the filing fee required under paragraph (A) or (C)(1) or (2)(a), (b), (c) or (d) of this subsection, a clerk shall collect a $55 surcharge for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, as authorized under Courts Article, § 7-202(d).
        5. (E) In a case filed under Family Law Article, Title 4, Subtitle 5, a clerk shall collect costs only if assessed against a respondent by the circuit court under Family Law Article, § 4-506(d)(12).
        6. (F) An order to docket or complaint to foreclose a mortgage or deed of trust on residential property shall be accompanied by a filing fee in the amount of $300 in addition to any other filing fees required by law.
        7. (G) In a foreclosure action on owner-occupied residential property, a request for foreclosure mediation shall be accompanied by a filing fee of $50.
      2. 2. Juvenile Proceedings. A circuit court may include an $80 filing fee and $55 surcharge for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation in the costs assessed under Courts Article, § § 3-8A-19(g) or § 3-8A-19.2(c)(4), in which case the clerk shall collect the assessed fee.  
      3. 3. Criminal Cases Other Than Appeals.
        1. (A) Unless a different fee is prescribed in paragraph (B) of this subsection, a court shall include an $80 filing fee in the costs assessed under Rule 4-353, in which case the clerk shall collect the assessed fee.  
        2. (B) A clerk shall collect:
          1. (1) a $25 filing fee for docketing: 
            1. (a) a petition for extension of the time for forfeiture of a bond; 
            2. (b) a petition to strike a bond forfeiture; and
            3. (c) a petition for remission of a bond forfeiture; and
               
          2. (2) a $30 filing fee for docketing a petition for expungement of records in a criminal case, unless all records to be expunged relate to a charge of which the petitioner has been acquitted.  
      4. 4. Removals and Appeals from the District Court.   
        1. (A) The clerk of the District Court shall collect and transmit to the clerk of a circuit court the initial filing fee and surcharge payable under subsection 1 in a case removed under Courts Article, § 6-104(b), from the District Court to the circuit court.
        2. (B) The clerk of the District Court shall collect and transmit to a clerk of a circuit court sitting as an appellate court the charges, costs, filing fees, and surcharge for an appeal, in accordance with Rule 7-103(c) and (d), as follows:
          1. (1) in a criminal case, an $80 filing fee; and
          2. (2) in a civil action:
            1. (a) No fee for an appeal under Family Law Article, Title 4, Subtitle 5;
            2. (b) a $30 filing fee and $55 surcharge for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation for an appeal on an application for expungement; and
            3. (c) an $80 filing fee and $55 surcharge for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation for any other action.
      5.   5. Appeals from Administrative Agencies.  
        1. (A) A clerk of a circuit court shall collect an $80 filing fee for an appeal from an administrative agency.
        2. (B) In addition to the filing fee required under paragraph (A) of this subsection, a clerk shall collect a $55 surcharge for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, as authorized under Courts Article, § 7-202(d).
    2. B. Dismissals. A clerk shall collect a $15 fee on voluntary dismissal of a civil proceeding or case.
    3. C. Case Files. A clerk shall collect no fee for filing in a case file:
      1. 1. an auditor’s report on distribution of the proceeds of a sale of personal or real property, ratified by the clerk’s court; or
      2. 2. A bond of any nature or kind given in a proceeding in the clerk’s court.
    4. D. Certain Post Judgment Charges. A clerk shall collect a $25 fee for docketing: 
      1. 1. a motion to hold a person in contempt, to modify alimony, support, or custody after final judgment, or, by requiring additional taking of evidence, otherwise to reopen any civil case other than a case brought under Family Law Article, Title 4, Subtitle 5;
      2. 2. a motion under Rule 2-648 for enforcement of a judgment mandating or prohibiting conduct;
      3. 3. a motion under Rule 2-651 seeking ancillary relief in aid of enforcement;
      4. 4. a request for examination in aid of enforcement under Rule 2-633 (in addition to the charges required by Courts Article, § 7-401);
      5. 5. a request for issuance of each writ of execution, garnishment, or possession; and
      6. 6. a request for issuance of a charging order.
    5. E. Annual Fiduciary Account. For an estate or trust administered under supervision of a court, the clerk shall collect on filing of each annual account:
      1. 1. a $10 filing fee; and
      2. 2. unless the account is to be referred to a court auditor for review, a review fee computed as follows
        Size of Account Fee
        0 to $10,000 $10
        Over $10,000 to $25,000 $20
        Over $25,000 $30
    6. F. Appeals From a Circuit Court, Removals, and Transfers. For preparing the record on appeal or in a removed or transferred case and for postage or transport of the record to the receiving court, a clerk shall collect a $60 fee and, on petition to the court in the case of a record of extraordinary length or complexity, the additional amount allowed by the court up to $60.
    7. G. Recording.
      1. 1. Judgments, Liens and Proceedings. A clerk shall collect a $15 recordation fee for:
        1. (A) recording a judgment of another court in this State; 
        2. (B) each entry of an assignment of, credit on, modification of, release of, or satisfaction of any judgment of any court in this State, other than a satisfaction of a lien filed by the District Court;
        3. (C) each entry of a judgment renewed;
        4. (D) recording a lien, other than a notice of lien under bail forfeiture in the District Court or documents in connection with a lien under Real Property Article, § 3-404;
        5. (E) each entry of an assignment of, credit on, modification of, or release of a lien, other than a notice of lien under bail forfeiture in the District Court, documents in connection with a lien under Real Property Article, § 3-404, or a release of lien filed by the District Court; 
        6. (F) recording a request for notice of judgment (ejectment);
        7. (G) recording a request for notice of a foreclosure sale; and 
        8. (H) recording proceedings in court records, such as those required by Rule 14-306, or other court instrument required by law to be recorded.  
      2. 2. Out of State Protective Orders. A clerk shall collect no fee for recording an authenticated, order for protection issued by another state or a Native American tribe under Family Law Article, § 4-508.1. 
      3. 3. Declarations of Trust. A clerk shall collect no fee for recording a declaration of trust under Rule 4-217(e)(1)(B), to secure a bail bond or for a release of such declaration.  
    8. H. Interest-Bearing Accounts. A clerk shall collect a $25 fee for opening an interest-bearing account.   
    9. I. Copies.
      1. 1. General. A clerk shall collect a fee of 50 cent(s) per page for each copy that the clerk makes, other than those made as a reasonable accommodation. A clerk shall collect a fee of 25 cent(s) per page for each copy made by, or as a reasonable accommodation for, a customer. No additional fee shall be charged for a true test copy.
      2. 2.  Land Records. 
          1. (1) A clerk shall collect 25 cent(s) per page for copies of land records faxed through the automated fax back system.
          2. (2) A clerk shall collect a fee of 50 cent(s) per 11"x17" page and $1 per other sized page, for each copy of a plat that the clerk makes, other than those made as a reasonable accommodation. A clerk shall collect a fee of 25 cent(s) per 11"x17" page and 50 cent(s) per other sized page for each copy of a plat made by, or as a reasonable accommodation for, a customer.
    10. J. Certifying Documents. A clerk shall collect a $5 fee for each certification of a paper, other than a certified record of conviction required to be provided to the Immigration and Naturalization Service under Public Law 101-649 (42 U. S. C. § 3753(a) (11)).
    11. K. Exemplifying Documents. A clerk shall collect a $10 fee for exemplifying a paper. 
  3. III. Time of Payment.
    1. A. Advance Payment Generally. Unless a court waives prepayment of a charge, cost, or fee or paragraph B of this section expressly provides otherwise, a clerk shall collect the charge, cost, or fee for a service in accordance with this Schedule before the clerk performs the service.
    2. B. Exceptions.
      1. 1. Filing Fee, MLSC Surcharge and Costs. A clerk shall not collect a filing fee, surcharge for the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, or other court cost in advance in:
        1. (A) an appeal exempted under Courts Article, § 7-201(a);
        2. (B) a case in which a court orders waiver of the prepayment of a filing fee;
        3. (C) a case transferred from the District Court to a circuit court in accordance with a jury trial demand in the District Court;
        4. (D) an original criminal proceeding instituted in the circuit court, other than a petition for extension of the time for forfeiture of a bond, for striking a bond forfeiture, for remission of a bond forfeiture, or for expungement of records;
        5. (E) a criminal case in which the defendant has been recharged in the circuit court under Rule 4-221;
        6. (F) an original juvenile proceeding brought in the circuit court under Courts Article, Title 3, Subtitle 8 or 8A;
        7. (G) a domestic violence case filed under Family Law Article, § 4-504;
        8. (H) a URESA proceeding;
        9. (I) a case in which the plaintiff or petitioner is represented by counsel compensated through JUDICARE (COMAR 07.06.10.01 through .17)
        10. (J) a case in which the plaintiff or petitioner is represented by counsel retained through a pro bono or legal services program that is recognized by Maryland Legal Services Corporation, if the program provides the clerk with a memorandum that names the program, attorney(s), and client(s), that specifies that representation is being provided for client(s) meeting the financial eligibility criteria of the Corporation, and that states that payment of filing fees is not required under the Prisoner Litigation Act;
        11. (K) a case in which representation is being provided by Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.; or
        12. (L) a child support proceeding, including paternity, in which the plaintiff or petitioner is the Child Support Enforcement Administration of the Maryland Department of Human Resources or a person whom the Administration approves for child support services.
      2. 2. Charges, Costs, and Fees in Excepted Cases. If this Schedule, a statute, or a court waives prepayment of a charge, cost, or fee in a case, the court shall award charges, costs, and fees in accordance with this Schedule, at the conclusion of the case. The clerk shall collect the charges, costs, and fees assessed under this paragraph, in addition to any open costs that the court imposes under any applicable statute, rule, or regulation such as: Family Law Article, § 4-506(d)(12); Rule 1-341 or 2-508(e); or COMAR 07.06.10.09.C(3) (JUDICARE).  
    3. C. Extant Interest-Bearing Accounts. With respect to extant interest-bearing accounts for which a processing fee was not collected on opening the account, a clerk shall collect a $25 fee at the close of a case.
    4. D. Refunds. Except as provided by statute, a charge, cost, or fee is not refundable.
    5. E. Adjustment by Parties. Parties shall settle among themselves charges, costs, and fees that are paid in advance by a party and charged to another party.
  4. IV. Effective Date; Rescission of Prior Schedules.
    1. A. Effective Dates. This revised Schedule takes effect July 1, 2010, applies to every action, case, proceeding or service described in this Schedule and pending, filed, requested or performed on or after that date.
    2. B. Rescission of Prior Schedules. All previous Schedules promulgated under Courts Article, § 7-202 are rescinded effective at midnight, June 30, 2010.