Rule 2701. Payment of Fees Required.
(a) General rule. A person upon filing any paper shall pay any fee therefor prescribed by law.
(b) Appeals by allowance or permission; petitions for review. The fee for filing a petition for allowance of appeal, a petition for permission to appeal or a petition for review shall, except as otherwise required by statute, be the same as the fee payable under Rule 907 (docketing of appeal). Where a petition for allowance of appeal or a petition for permission to appeal has been filed under these rules and is granted, no additional fee, except as otherwise required by statute, shall be payable upon docketing the appeal in the appellate court.
(c) Temporary fee for filing notice of appeal. Until otherwise provided by law, the clerk upon filing a notice of appeal under Rule 905 (filing of notice of appeal) shall be entitled to receive an amount equal to the fee otherwise payable, if any, upon the filing of a writ issued out of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania evidencing the fact that an appeal has been taken to the Supreme Court.
Former Supreme Court Rule 70 (first sentence), former Superior Court Rule 61 and former Commonwealth Court Rule 117 (first sentence) literally required the payment of the fee in advance of filing. In view of the filing by mail procedures instituted by these rules, a limited opportunity is afforded to permit the prompt correction of the failure to include a check with the letter of transmittal or the failure to draw the check in the correct amount.
A party who intends to proceed in forma pauperis should transmit a copy of his application under Rule 552 (application to lower court for leave to appeal in forma pauperis) to the appellate prothonotary so that Rule 554(b) (appeal taken before application acted on) will operate to defer the requirement for fees in the appellate court.
The fees in appellate courts are temporarily continued by Section 24(a) of the Judiciary Act of 1976, act of July 9, 1976 (P. L. 586, No. 142), by reference to the former provisions of law, which were as follows: The fees of the Commonwealth Court were prescribed by 204 Pa. Code § 155.203. The docketing fee in the Supreme and Superior Court was fixed at $12 by the act of May 19, 1897 (P. L. 67, No. 53), § 3 (former 12 P. S. § 1135), and the fee for issuing writs for the enforcement of the duty to file the records in such courts and the fee For filing a petition for allowance of appeal from the Superior Court was fixed by § 18 (second and third sentences) of the act (former 12 P. S. § 1156) at $3.
The provisions of this Rule 2701 amended December 11, 1978, effective December 30, 1978, 8 Pa.B. 3802; amended May 16, 1979, effective September 30, 1979, 9 Pa.B. 1740. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (39658).
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