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Section 7: Fees for public access to court documents

Note: Fees are subject to change.

7.1 Fees to access criminal court documents

7.1.1 Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice

There is no charge to access criminal court documents or search criminal court files in the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice.

The Ontario Court of Justice fee schedule and the Superior Court of Justice fee schedule, under the Administration of Justice Act, set out the fee to be paid whenever a member of the public requests and is granted copies of all or portions of an Ontario Court of Justice criminal court record. The following copy fees apply:

  • for copies of documents in provincially-administered Ontario Court of Justice courts:
    • not requiring certification, $1.00 per page
    • requiring certification, $3.50 per page
  • for copies of documents in municipally-administered Ontario Court of Justice courts, also known as Provincial Offences Act courts:
    • not requiring certification, $1.00 or $2.00 per page (some locations opted into a fee reduction)
    • requiring certification, $3.50 per page
  • for copies of Superior Court of Justice documents:
    • not requiring certification, per page $1.00
    • requiring certification, per page $3.50

Copies of Informations, indictments and judicial interim release documents shall be provided upon request to the accused and their counsel of record without copy fees being charged. Copies of Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking, 2017 restraining order court files and documents shall be provided upon request to parties and their counsel of record without copy fees being charged. Requests should be made in person at the counter or in writing by mail or facsimile transmission (FAX).

7.2 Fees to access civil and family court documents and enforcement documents

7.2.1 Ontario Court of Justice

There is no fee to access court documents in the Ontario Court of Justice. Access to court documents, where there is no statutory provision or court order that restricts access, may be obtained at the originating or filing court.

7.2.2 Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal for Ontario

There is no fee to access court documents at:

  • the Family Court branch of the Superior Court of Justice; or for
  • family cases heard by the Superior Court of Justice that are not appeals.
The following chart summarizes the prescribed fees under the Administration of Justice Act to access court documents in the Court of Appeal for Ontario and Superior Court of Justice, including Small Claims Court and the Enforcement/Sheriff's Office.
Service

Fee in the Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal (excluding family cases that are not appeals) 

(O. Reg.293/92)

Fee in the Small Claims Court 

(O. Reg. 332/16)

Fee in the Enforcement/Sheriff’s Office 

(O. Reg. 294/92)

Inspection of court file by a solicitor* or party in the proceedingno chargeno chargeN/A
Inspection of court file by a person who has entered into an agreement with the Attorney General for the bulk inspection of court files$4.00 (per file)$1.00 (per file)N/A
Inspection of court file by any other person$10.00 (per file)$10.00 (per file)N/A
Retrieval of a court file from storage$78.00$78.00N/A
For a search for writs (per name searched)N/AN/A$11.60
For a report showing the details of a writ, lien or order (per report)N/AN/A$6.35
(maximum $63.30 per name)

[N/A] means there is no prescribed fee for the service.

[*] Note: Refers to a solicitor for a party in the proceedings, not any solicitor in general.

7.3 Copy fees

The following chart summarizes photocopy, certified copy and digital recording copy fees prescribed under the Administration of Justice Act for each level of court.
Level of courtFee for a certified copy (per page)Fee for a non-certified copy (per page)Fee for CD copy of a digital recording of a court hearing -a single day’s recordingFee for CD copy of a digital recording of a court hearing - each additional day’s recording, if the request is made at the same time as a request for a single day’s recording
Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal – Fees O. Reg. 293/92$3.50 [**]$1.00 [**]$22.00 [**]$10.50 [**]
Superior Court of Justice - Family Court - Fees O. Reg. 417/95$3.50$1.00$22.00$10.50

Small Claims Court – Fees and Allowances - O. Reg. 332/16

$3.50$1.00$22.00$10.50
Ontario Court of Justice – Fees O. Reg. 210/07$3.50 [**]$1.00 for provincially administered courts and either $1.00 or $2.00 for municipally administered courts.[**]$22.00 [**]$10.50 [**]
Enforcement/Sheriff’s Office O. Reg. 294/92$3.50 [*]$1.00 [*]--

[*] For documents other than writs of execution, orders and certificates of lien. See section “7.2.2 Superior Court of Justice and Court of Appeal for Ontario” for fees for copies of a report showing the details of a writ, lien or order.

[**] These fees are not payable by, or on behalf of, a party to an application for or appeal of a restraining order under the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017.

7.3.1 Fees for copies of endorsements

Court staff must provide photocopies of endorsements to parties to a case or their lawyer at no charge.

7.4 Fee waiver

There is a fee waiver mechanism for persons who might otherwise be denied access to justice because of their financial circumstances. Learn more about having court fees waived.

Updated: June 02, 2022
Published: March 18, 2022