2007 ORS 21.110¹
Filing and appearance fees in circuit court

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this section, at the time of filing in the circuit court of any civil action, suit or proceeding, including appeals, the clerk of the circuit court shall collect from the plaintiff, appellant or moving party the sum of $107 as a flat and uniform filing fee. In addition, at the time of filing any appearance in any such action, suit or proceeding by any defendant or respondent appearing separately, or upon the part of defendants or respondents appearing jointly, the clerk shall collect from the party or parties the sum of $107 as a flat and uniform filing fee.

(2) In the following actions, the clerk of the circuit court shall collect the sum of $68 as a flat and uniform filing fee from the plaintiff, appellant or moving party at the time the action is filed, and shall collect the sum of $68 as a flat and uniform filing fee from any defendant or respondent appearing separately, or upon the part of defendants or respondents appearing jointly, at the time of filing any appearance in the action:

(a) Actions for the recovery of money or damages only when the amount claimed does not exceed $10,000.

(b) Actions for the recovery of specific personal property when the value of the property claimed and the damages for the detention do not exceed $10,000.

(c) Actions for the recovery of any penalty or forfeiture, whether given by statute or arising out of contract, not exceeding $10,000.

(d) Actions to enforce, marshal and foreclose liens upon personal property where the amount claimed for such liens does not exceed $10,000.

(e) Actions of interpleader, and in the nature of interpleader, when the amount of money or the value of the property involved does not exceed $10,000.

(f) Actions for injunctive relief under ORS chapter 90 when the amount of any damages claimed does not exceed $10,000.

(3) The clerk of the court shall collect the sum of $300 as a flat and uniform filing fee from the petitioner in a proceeding under ORS 181.823 (Relief from reporting requirement) or 181.826 (Relief from reporting requirement), at the time the petition is filed. Fees collected under this subsection shall be deposited into the Judicial Department Operating Account established in ORS 1.009 (Judicial Department Operating Account).

(4) For purposes of subsection (2) of this section, the amount claimed, value of property, damages or any amount in controversy does not include any amount claimed as costs and disbursements or attorney fees as defined by ORCP 68 A.

(5) A pleading or other document shall be filed by the clerk only if the fee required under this section is paid by the person filing the document, or if a request for a fee waiver or deferral is granted by the court. No part of any such filing fee shall be refunded to any party. The uniform fee shall cover all services to be performed by the court or clerk in any such action, suit or proceeding, except where additional fees are specially authorized by law.

(6) Any plaintiff, appellant, moving party, defendant or respondent that files an action or appearance that is subject to the filing fees established under subsection (2) of this section must include in the caption of the pleading the following words: "Claim of not more than $10,000."

(7) The fees imposed by this section do not apply to:

(a) Protective proceedings under ORS chapter 125;

(b) Proceedings for dissolution of marriage, annulment of marriage or separation;

(c) Filiation proceedings under ORS 109.124 (Definitions for ORS 109.124 to 109.230) to 109.230 (Legality of contract between mother and father of child born out of wedlock);

(d) Proceedings to determine custody or support of a child under ORS 109.103 (Proceeding to determine custody or support of child);

(e) Probate, adoption or change of name proceedings;

(f) Proceedings involving dwelling units to which ORS chapter 90 applies and for which the fee is provided by ORS 105.130 (How action conducted); or

(g) Any counterclaim, cross-claim or third-party claim filed by a party who has appeared in the action or proceeding.

(8) The fees described in this section shall not be charged to a district attorney or to the Division of Child Support of the Department of Justice for the filing of any case, motion, document, stipulated order, process or other document relating to the provision of support enforcement services as described in ORS 25.080 (Entity primarily responsible for support enforcement services). [Amended by 1955 c.458 §1; 1959 c.563 §2; 1965 c.619 §8; 1971 c.621 §1; 1975 c.607 §1; 1979 c.833 §3; 1981 s.s. c.3 §§68,69; 1983 c.581 §2; 1983 c.763 §20; 1985 c.496 §1; 1995 c.273 §8; 1995 c.658 §140; 1995 c.664 §69; 1997 c.801 §§25,25a; 2003 c.530 §4; 2003 c.737 §§8a,10a; 2005 c.702 §§9,10,11; 2007 c.129 §12; 2007 c.860 §2]

Note: Section 15 (2), chapter 860, Oregon Laws 2007, provides:

Sec. 15. (2)(a) In addition to the fees provided for in ORS 21.110 (Filing and appearance fees in circuit court) (1), for the period commencing September 1, 2007, and ending June 30, 2009, at the time of filing in the circuit court of any civil action, suit or proceeding, including appeals, the clerk of the circuit court shall collect from the plaintiff, appellant or moving party a surcharge of $5. In addition, at the time of filing any appearance in any such action, suit or proceeding upon the part of any defendant or respondent appearing separately, or upon the part of defendants or respondents appearing jointly, the clerk shall collect from the party or parties a surcharge of $4.

(b) In addition to the fees provided for in ORS 21.110 (Filing and appearance fees in circuit court) (2), for the period commencing September 1, 2007, and ending June 30, 2009, the clerk of the circuit court shall collect a surcharge of $3 from the plaintiff, appellant or moving party, and shall collect a surcharge of $3 from any defendant or respondent appearing separately, or upon the part of defendants or respondents appearing jointly, in the actions described in ORS 21.110 (Filing and appearance fees in circuit court) (2). [2007 c.860 §15(2)]

Notes of Decisions

Where notice of ap­peal was mailed prior to filing dead­line, but workers' compensa­tion claimant failed to include filing fee, notice of ap­peal was not timely filed. Moyer v. SAIF, 36 Or App 157, 583 P2d 598 (1978)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 21—Fees Generally, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­021.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 21, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­021ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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