filing fees chart - version 5

Violence Against Women Act
of 2000


Costs for Criminal Charges and Protection Orders Chart

By statute, several grant programs administered by
the Office on Violence Against Women require that applicants and grantees
certify that their laws, policies, and practices do not require the victim
to bear the cost of different fees associated with  protection orders
and criminal charges. (These fees are listed in the statutes and specified
below.) This chart can be used by applicants and grantees of those grant
programs to help them assess whether they are in compliance with the applicable
statutory requirements.

Who should use the chart:

Applicants and grantees under the following grant
programs:

  • STOP (Services*Training*Officers*Prosecutors) Violence
    Against Women Formula Grant Program
  • STOP Violence Against Indian Women Discretionary Grants
    Program
  • Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement
    of Protection Orders Program

 How the chart can be
helpful:

This chart can be used by applicants to the grant
programs listed above to help them assess if their jurisdiction will be
able certify to the statutory requirement(1):

"that its laws, policies, and practices
do not require, in connection with the prosecution of any misdemeanor or
felony domestic violence offense, or in connection with the filing, issuance,
registration, or service of a protection order, or a petition for a protection
order, to protect a victim of domestic violence, stalking, or sexual assault,
that the victim bear the costs associated with the filing of criminal charges
against the offender, or the costs associated with the filing, issuance,
registration, or service of a warrant, protection order, petition for a
protection order, or witness subpoena, whether issued inside or outside
the State, tribal, or local jurisdiction"


 

How to use the chart:

  • Examine each category on the chart and determine whether
    your jurisdiction's laws, policies, and practices ensure that victims
    will not be required to bear any costs within that category.
  • The user should:
    • Circle "YES" if the victim can be charged
      the corresponding fees under the applicable laws, policies, and practices
    • Circle "NO" if the victim could not be
      charged for any fees;
    • Circle "N/A" if the particular category is not
      applicable to the jurisdiction.
  • Examples:
  • If the jurisdiction has a law that allows a filing fee
    to be charged for petitions for protection orders to protect victims of
    domestic violence, but the jurisdiction has a written policy that prohibits
    victims from being charged, the user should circle "YES" in the box for
    filing fees for a petition for a protection order to protect a victim of
    domestic violence.  This is because the law states that it is permissible
    to charge a fee.
  • In many jurisdictions, a witness subpoena would never
    need to be registered so there would and could be no charge to the victim
    for registration.  In such jurisdictions, the user should circle "N/A"
    in each of the boxes representing registration of witness subpoenas.

 


How to interpret the results:


Assuming the chart is completed correctly, an
applicant who has circled "NO" or "N/A" in all of the boxes based on its
jurisdictions laws, policies, and practices should, in most cases, be able
to certify to its compliance with the appropriate statutory requirement.


 

 

 

VAWA 2000 Filing Fees Provision
Chart

                        
types of fees

  Filing         Issuance   Registration  Service   

Misdemeanor

or Felony

Domestic

Violence

Offense

Filing of 

criminal charges 

against offender 

Yes  No N/A
 

Warrant

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A 

Yes  No N/A

Protection Order 

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Petition for Protection 

Order

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes   No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Witness Subpoena

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes   No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Protection Order to Protect a Victim
of Domestic 


Violence 

Warrant

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Protection Order 

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Petition for Protection Order

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Witness Subpoena

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No  N/A 

Yes  No N/A

Protection Order to Protect a Victim
of Sexual 


Assault 

Warrant

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Protection Order

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes  No   N/A

Yes  No N/A

Petition for Protection Order

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes   No   N/A

Yes  No N/A

Witness Subpoena

Yes  No N/A

Yes  No  N/A

Yes   No   N/A

Yes  No N/A

Protection Order to Protect a Victim
of Stalking

Warrant

Yes  No N/A

Yes   No N/A

Yes   No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Protection Order

Yes  No N/A

Yes   No N/A

Yes   No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Petition for Protection Order

Yes  No N/A

Yes   No N/A

Yes   No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

Witness Subpoena

Yes  No N/A

Yes   No N/A

Yes   No  N/A

Yes  No N/A

1. 42 U.S.C. §§
3796gg-5(a)(1) and 3796hh(c)(4) both contain this language.

Frequently Asked Questions on the VAWA 2000 Costs for Criminal Charges and Protection Orders Requirement.