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With Wyoming averaging ~9,700 civil lawsuits per year, proposed filing fee hikes would generate extra $388K

A man walks up the front steps of the restored Wyoming State Capitol building in Cheyenne. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. — The filing fee for a plaintiff to bring a civil case in Wyoming is $120, and House Bill 14 proposes hiking that fee to $160.

The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Judiciary Interim Committee is sponsoring the bill for consideration during the upcoming 2023 General Session, which is set to begin on Jan. 10.

The state averages about 9,700 civil case filings across all counties per year, according to an estimate from the Wyoming Supreme Court provided in the Legislative Service Office’s fiscal note for House Bill 14. Therefore, the increased civil case filing fee being proposed would result in an increase in court revenues of about $388,000 per year.

$40 from each civil filing fee would go toward court automation, with $10 to go toward providing civil legal services for the poor.

The full draft of the bill can be reviewed below: