Family Courts Fees Regulations 2009

Reprint
as at 7 December 2014

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Family Courts Fees Regulations 2009

(SR 2009/88)

Anand Satyanand, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 6th day of April 2009

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council


Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Justice.


Pursuant to section 16B(1) of the Family Courts Act 1980 and section 187 of the Family Proceedings Act 1980, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following regulations.

Regulations

1 Title
  • These regulations are the Family Courts Fees Regulations 2009.

2 Commencement
  • These regulations come into force on 18 May 2009.

3 Application
  • These regulations apply to proceedings in a Family Court.

4 Interpretation
  • In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires,—

    court means a Family Court

    Registrar means a Registrar of the court; and includes a Deputy Registrar of the court.

    Regulation 4 court fee or fee: revoked, on 1 July 2012, by regulation 4 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/101).

5 Court fees for proceedings under Family Proceedings Act 1980
  • The court fees, if any, payable in respect of a proceeding or an intended proceeding under the Family Proceedings Act 1980 are specified in Schedule 1.

    Regulation 5: replaced, on 2 November 2012, by regulation 4 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/308).

5A Court fees for proceedings under Care of Children Act 2004
  • (1) The court fees, if any, payable in respect of a proceeding or an intended proceeding under the Care of Children Act 2004 are specified in Schedule 2.

    (2) Despite subclause (1), the fees in items 1 and 2 of Schedule 2 are not payable by an applicant if the child in respect of whom the application under section 48 or 56(1)(a) or 56(1)(b) of the Care of Children Act 2004 is made is subject to—

    • (d) an order under section 101(1)(e) of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 and is living with the applicant pursuant to that order:

    • (g) a sole guardianship order under section 110(1)(e) of the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 (but not an order under section 101 of that Act) and is living with the applicant pursuant to that order.

    Regulation 5A: inserted, on 2 November 2012, by regulation 4 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/308).

5B Court fees for proceedings under Property (Relationships) Act 1976
  • The court fees, if any, payable in respect of a proceeding or an intended proceeding under the Property (Relationships) Act 1976 are specified in Schedule 3.

    Regulation 5B: inserted, on 2 November 2012, by regulation 4 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/308).

6 GST included
  • The fees prescribed by these regulations include goods and services tax.

7 Power to waive fees
  • (1) A person (the applicant) otherwise responsible for the payment of a fee required in connection with a proceeding or an intended proceeding may apply to a Registrar for a waiver of the fee.

    (2) The Registrar may waive the fee payable by the applicant if satisfied,—

    • (a) on the basis of one of the criteria specified in subclause (3), that the applicant is unable to pay the fee; or

    • (b) that the proceeding,—

      • (i) on the basis of one of the criteria specified in subclause (4), concerns a matter of genuine public interest; and

      • (ii) is unlikely to be commenced or continued unless the fee is waived.

    (3) For the purposes of these regulations, an applicant is unable to pay the fee sought to be waived if—

    • (a) the applicant has been granted legal aid in respect of the matter for which the fee is payable; or

    • (b) the applicant has not been granted legal aid in respect of the matter for which the fee is payable and the applicant—

      • (i) is dependent for the payment of his or her living expenses on a benefit of a kind specified in any of paragraphs (a) to (e), and (j) of the definition of income-tested benefit in section 3(1) of the Social Security Act 1964; or

      • (iii) would otherwise suffer undue financial hardship if he or she paid the fee.

    (4) For the purposes of these regulations, a proceeding that concerns a matter of genuine public interest is—

    • (a) a proceeding that has been or is intended to be commenced to determine a question of law that is of significant interest to the public or to a substantial section of the public; or

    • (b) a proceeding that—

      • (i) raises issues of significant interest to the public or to a substantial section of the public; and

      • (ii) has been or is intended to be commenced by an organisation that, by its governing enactment, constitution, or rules, is expressly or by necessary implication required to promote matters in the public interest.

    (5) An application under subclause (1) must be made in a form approved for the purpose by the chief executive of the Ministry of Justice unless, in a particular case, the Registrar considers that an application in that form is not necessary.

    Regulation 7(3)(b)(ii): amended, on 7 December 2014, by section 278 of the Veterans’ Support Act 2014 (2014 No 56).

8 Payment of fee may be postponed pending determination of application for waiver or review
  • (1) This regulation applies where an application is made under regulation 7 or section 16C of the Family Courts Act 1980.

    (2) Where this regulation applies, the Registrar may, on the application of a person who is awaiting the determination of an application referred to in subclause (1), postpone the payment of the fee to which the application relates until the date on which the person is notified of the determination.

    (3) A Registrar may exercise the power under subclause (2) if satisfied that the person awaiting the determination of his or her application would be prejudiced if the matter to which the fee relates did not proceed before the determination.

    (4) An application under subclause (2) must be made in a form approved for the purpose by the chief executive of the Ministry of Justice unless, in a particular case, the Registrar considers that an application in that form is not necessary.

9 Recovery of postponed fee
  • (1) This regulation applies to a fee that has been postponed under regulation 8.

    (2) If the effect of a determination under regulation 7 or section 16C of the Family Courts Act 1980 is that the fee is not to be waived, the fee—

    • (a) must be paid, without delay, to the Registrar; and

    • (b) is recoverable as a debt due to the Crown in any court of competent jurisdiction.

    (3) Following a determination that has the effect referred to in subclause (2), the person responsible for paying the fee may not take a step in the proceeding to which the fee relates unless the fee is paid.

    (4) This regulation has effect subject to regulation 8 during any period that the question of the waiver of the fee is the subject of a pending application under section 16C of the Family Courts Act 1980.

10 Power to refund fees
  • (1) A Registrar may, on application made to him or her, refund a fee that has already been paid if satisfied that—

    • (a) no application, under regulation 7, for a waiver of the fee was made; and

    • (b) the fee would have been waived, in accordance with regulation 7, had such an application been made; and

    • (c) the criteria that would have justified that waiver still apply at the date of the application for the refund.

    (2) An application under subclause (1) must be made in a form approved for the purpose by the chief executive of the Ministry of Justice unless, in a particular case, the Registrar considers that an application in that form is not necessary.

10A Fees to be prepaid
  • (1) All fees must be prepaid.

    (2) The hearing fee specified in item 3 of Schedule 3 must be prepaid not later than the beginning of the hearing of the application to which that fee relates.

    (3) This regulation is subject to regulations 7 and 8.

    Regulation 10A: inserted, on 1 July 2012, by regulation 6 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/101).

11 Consequential revocations

Schedule 1
Fees payable in respect of applications under Family Proceedings Act 1980

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  • Schedule 1: replaced, on 1 July 2011, by regulation 4 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations 2011 (SR 2011/162).

  • Schedule 1 heading: amended, on 2 November 2012, by regulation 5 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/308).

  ($)
1Filing an application under section 27 (for a declaration whether, according to the law of New Zealand, a marriage or civil union is valid or a marriage or civil union has been validly dissolved)211.50
2Filing an application under section 29 (for an order declaring a marriage or civil union to be void ab initio)211.50
3Filing an application under section 32 (for an order declaring that the other party to a marriage or civil union is presumed to be dead and that the marriage or civil union is dissolved)211.50
4Filing an application under section 37 (for an order dissolving a marriage or civil union)211.50

Schedule 2
Fees payable in respect of applications under Care of Children Act 2004

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  • Schedule 2: inserted, on 1 July 2012, by regulation 7 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/101).

  • Schedule 2 heading: amended, on 2 November 2012, by regulation 6 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/308).

  ($)
1Filing an application under section 48 (for a parenting order determining the time or times when specified persons have the role of providing day-to-day care for, or may have contact with, a child)220
2Filing an application under section 56(1)(a) or (b) (for an order varying or discharging a parenting order or other order about the role of providing day-to-day care for, or about contact with, a child)220

Schedule 3
Fees payable in respect of applications under Property (Relationships) Act 1976

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  • Schedule 3: inserted, on 1 July 2012, by regulation 7 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations 2012 (SR 2012/101).

  • Schedule 3 heading: amended, on 2 November 2012, by regulation 7 of the Family Courts Fees Amendment Regulations (No 2) 2012 (SR 2012/308).

  ($)
1Filing an application for an order or a declaration (for example, an application for an order under section 25(1)(a) determining the respective shares of each spouse or partner in relationship property)700
2Filing at the same time 2 or more applications for orders or declarations (for example, an application for an order under section 25(1)(a) determining the respective shares of each spouse or partner in relationship property and an application for an order under section 27 granting a spouse or partner the right to occupy the family home for a certain period)700
3Hearing of any application for each half-day, or part half-day906

Michael Webster,
for Clerk of the Executive Council.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 9 April 2009.


Reprints notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Family Courts Fees Regulations 2009 that incorporates all the amendments to those regulations as at the date of the last amendment to them.

2 Legal status
  • Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes
4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint