Boston Municipal Court and District Court filing fees

Court filing fees for the Boston Municipal Court (BMC) or District Court must be made by cash, check, money order, or certified bank check.
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Regarding Boston Municipal Court filing fees:

  • Payments on all fines, fees and assessments listed below are payable in the Clerk's Office.
  • Payments may be made in cash or check, money order, or certified bank check (made payable to the Boston Municipal Court Department).
  • Credit cards are accepted at most courts; however, you should confirm with your local court that credit card payments can be taken in person.

See the Uniform Schedule of Fees for other charges court procedures may incur.

BMC & District Court filing fees

Filing Fee
Civil Complaint or Petition $180 plus $15 surcharge = $195
Summary Process (eviction) $180 plus $15 surcharge = $195
Petition for Waiver of 3-day Marriage Waiting Period
(G.L. c.207, §30) or Minimum Age of 18 (G.L. c. 207, §25)
$180 plus $15 surcharge = $195
Supplementary Proceedings
(to collect a court judgment)
$30 plus $15 surcharge = $45
Small Claim of $500 or less
(G.L. c. 218, § 22)
$30 plus $10 surcharge = $40
Small Claim of $501-$2000
(G.L. c. 218, § 22)
$40 plus $10 surcharge = $50
Small Claim of $2001-$5000
(G.L. c. 218, § 22)
$90 plus $10 surcharge = $100
Small Claim of $5001-$7000
(G.L. c. 218, § 22)
$140 plus $10 surcharge = $150
Petition for Abuse Prevention Order (G.L. c. 209A) or
Harassment Prevention Order (G.L. c. 258E)
$0
Appellate Division appeal $180
Removal of Civil Case to Superior Court
(G.L. c. 231, § 104)
$180 plus $15 surcharge = $195
Retransfer of remanded Civil Case
(G.L. c. 231, § 102C)
$0
Approving Sureties on Bonds,
except removal bonds to Superior Court
$60
Application for misdemeanor Criminal Complaint, except by law enforcement officer or prosecutor (G.L. c. 10, § 35Z) $15
Hearing on Civil Motor Vehicle Infraction before magistrate
(G.L. c. 90C, § 3[A][4]
$25
Appeal of Civil Motor Vehicle Infraction to judge
(G.L. c. 90C, § 3[A][4])
$50
Issuance of Utility Warrants (G.L. c. 164, § 116) $15

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