State Court Fees

ORS 21.682
Authority to waive or defer fees and court costs

  • delegation


A judge may waive or defer all or part of the fees and court costs payable to the court by a party in a civil action or proceeding, including sheriff’s fees under ORS 21.300 (Sheriff and process server fees) (1)(a), if the judge finds that the party is unable to pay all or any part of the fees and costs. Waiver or deferral under this section of the fees or court costs of an adult in custody, as defined in ORS 30.642 (Definitions for ORS 30), is subject to ORS 30.642 (Definitions for ORS 30) to 30.650 (Award of noneconomic damages).


A presiding judge may delegate authority to waive or defer fees and court costs under this section to the court administrator for the court in which the judge serves. A delegation of authority under this subsection must be in writing and must be subject to clear standards. If a delegation is made under this subsection, an applicant may seek review of the court administrator’s decision by a judge. If an applicant requests review of a court administrator’s decision, the court administrator shall forward the application for waiver or deferral of the fees or court costs to the appropriate judge.


A court may not delay or refuse to enter an order or judgment in an action or proceeding because deferred fees and court costs have not been paid.


The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by order may provide standards and practices for waiver or deferral of fees or court costs under ORS 21.680 (Definitions for ORS 21) to 21.698 (Confidentiality of information related to waiver or deferral). [2007 c.493 §2; 2009 c.484 §5; 2019 c.213 §1]


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May 26, 2023