Upfront payment of court fees reduced by half

The FPC has just announced a change of court practice on the internet, as follows:

As from now in ordinary proceedings the plaintiff is invited to pay an advance on only half of the expected court costs for a decision, which corresponds to the expected court costs up to and including the instructional hearing (Art. 98 CPC).

This will relieve plaintiffs from a significant share of their upfront costs when bringing a suit, and it reflects the very high share of cases being settled at the occasion of the instructional hearing.

Guidelines for the court fees are given in Art. 1 CostR-PatC, recited below (in CHF). I have added a third column to reflect the new advance payment regime:

Value in dispute Court fees Advance payment
up to 50’000 1’000 – 12’000 500 – 6’000
50’000 – 100’000 8’000 – 16’000 4’000 – 8’000
100’000 – 200’000 12’000 – 24’000 6’000 – 12’000
200’000 – 1’000’000 20’000 – 66’000 10’000 – 33’000
1’000’000 – 3’000’000 60’000 – 120’000 30’000 – 60’000
3’000’000 – 5’000’000 80’000 – 150’000 40’000 – 75’000
over 5’000’000 100’000 – 150’000 50’000 – 75’000

Reported by Martin WILMING

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