EFFECTIVE MARCH 15, 2018, the Chesapeake Circuit Court Clerk’s Office will assess an additional $5 fee for every civil case initially filed by paper pursuant to Virginia Code §17.1-258.3.
§17.1-258.3. Electronic filing in civil or criminal proceedings. Any clerk of circuit court with an electronic filing system established in accordance with the Rules of Supreme Court of Virginia may charge an additional $5 fee for every civil case initially filed by paper, except that a person who is determined to be indigent pursuant to § 19.2-159 shall be exempt from the payment of such fee.
Pursuant to Section 17.1-258.3:1 of the Code of Virginia as stated below, the Chesapeake Circuit Court Clerk’s Office WILL begin collecting the $5.00 per paper document fee EFFECTIVE MARCH 15, 2018.
§ 17.1-258.3:1. Electronic filing of land records; paper form.
B. Any clerk of a circuit court with an electronic filing system established in accordance with this section may charge a fee not to exceed $5 per instrument for every land record filed by paper. The fee shall be paid to the clerk’s office and deposited by the clerk into the clerk’s non-reverting local fund to be used exclusively to cover the operational expenses as defined in § 17.1-295.
For clarification, please visit the deed calculator on the state website, www.courts.state.va.us beginning March 15, 2018.