Fee Structure



The Circuit Clerk is authorized by statute to collect various fees, fines and costs associated with cases and hold and disburse other types of payments and deposits, such as bonds and restitution. With the exception of the portion of fees and costs that are sent directly to the State under various statutory provisions, all such monies are either deposited into the county treasury for subsequent disbursement to the appropriate county or state agency or, as in the case of bonds or restitution, disbursed directly to the appropriate individual.

Note: All payments must be made in cash, money order, or by Visa/Mastercard. A photo ID must be present with credit card payments.

Circuit Court Civil Fee Schedule

Filing Fees

  • General Civil Case-$200.00
  • Medical Professional Liability Action-$280.00
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship-$110.00
  • Removal of Magistrate Court Case to Circuit Court-$200.00
  • Appeal of Magistrate Court Case to Circuit Court-$200.00
  • Action Remaining on Docket for more than three years-$20.00

Fees for Service

  • Personal Service by the Sheriff-$25.00 Service of Complaints and Petitions by First Class Mail-$5.00
  • Service of other documents by First Class Mail-$5.00
  • Service of Complaints and Petitions by Certified Mail, Restricted Delivery-$20.00
  • Service of other documents by Certified Mail, Restricted Delivery-$20.00
  • Secretary of State-$25.00 ($20.00 to Secretary of State & $5.00 to Clerk)
  • Publication (note: when a party serves a defendant by publication, the party pays the newspaper directly unless the party has an approved fee waiver. Publication fees for persons with approved fee waivers are paid by the Administrative Office)

Note: Individuals may elect to use private service companies for services.

Note: The costs for personal service by the Sheriff or service on The Secretary of State are not collected from persons with approved fee waivers.

Note: Fees and Costs are not collected from persons with approved fee waivers.

Costs for Documents

Note: When assessing fees, the Clerk must add the applicable costs for service of a document unless a private Process Server is used.

  • Subpoena-$1.00
  • Writ of Possession-$25.00 (note: All writs have to be served by Sheriff)
  • Writ of Execution-$25.00 (note: All writs have to be served by Sheriff)
  • Abstract of Judgement-5.00
  • Photocopies-$1.00
  • Fees for Suggestions and Suggestee Executions

Note: A Suggestion is served upon a third party by any of the methods for serving a Complaint, and the Clerk must collect the applicable charge for the type of service selected. When serving the Suggestion by mail, either First Class or Certified Mail, the Clerk collects the amounts established by WV Code.

Note: When a Suggestion is served, a Certified Mail Notice must also be served upon the debtor.

  • Suggestion-$25.00
  • Suggestee Executions-$25.00
  • Suggestee Execution by Certified Mail-$20.00
  • Notice to Debtor Certified Mail-$20.00
  • Divorce Filing Fee-$135.00
  • Miscellaneous Family Court Filing Fee-$200.00
  • Modification Filing Fee-$85.00
  • Expedited Modification Filing Fee-$35.00
  • Duplicate Recordings-$5.00
  • Parent Education-$25.00

ALL FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals provides all of the forms that are sold by the Circuit Clerk's office. You may download the forms at no charge by visiting the website:www.state.wv.us/wvsca/rules/formsindex.htm.

Note: All payments must be made in cash, money order, or by Visa/Mastercard. A photo ID must be present with credit card payments.

*Effective June 16, 2011, some of the filing fees have changed.

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