Czech court fees up from September

Coming into force on 1 September 2011, the amendment to the Court Fees Law has increased court fees. The change will affect standard disputed proceedings where the minimum fee will go up from CZK 600 to 1,000 in respect of actions with amount in dispute below CZK 20,000 (originally below CZK 15,000) and the standard fee will rise from 4 to 5 per cent; with real property disputes up from CZK 3,000 to 5,000 per real property.

The amendment also has effect on proceedings relating to the Company Register. Where incorporation of newly formed companies originally was subject to a fee of CZK 5,000; this will now be CZK 6,000 and CZK 12,000 in respect of joint-stock companies. The fee for the amendment to the entry has increased from CZK 1,000 to 2,000. Equally important, the scope of exemptions from the court fees has been amended. With business persons, this specifically affects the application for the deletion of the company from the Company Register which used to be subject to a fee of CZK 3,000 (unless the business person was an individual who was exempt from the fee as early as the original wording was in force).

The amendment does not prejudice actions filed before 1 September 2011, even though the obligation to pay the court fee arises after the coming into force of the amendment. On the contrary, newly lodged appeals and appellate reviews shall be subject to increased fees, regardless of whether the proceedings in question have been commenced prior to 1 September 2011 or not.

New rates may be viewed e.g. here - at the website of the Ministry of Interior.