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court costs

n. fees for expenses that the courts pass on to attorneys, who then pass them on to their clients or, in some kinds of cases, to the losing party. Court costs usually include: filing fees, charges for serving summons and subpenas, court reporter charges for depositions (which can be very expensive), court transcripts, and copying papers and exhibits. The prevailing party in a law suit is usually awarded court costs. Attorneys' fees can be included as court costs only if there is a statute providing for attorneys fee awards in a particular type of case, or if the case involved a contract which had an attorneys' fee clause (commonly found in promissory notes, mortgages and deeds of trust). If a losing party does not agree with the claimed court costs (included in a filed cost bill) he/she/it may move (ask) the judge to "tax costs" (meaning reduce or disallow the cost), resulting in a hearing at which the court determines which costs to allow and in what amount (how much.) (See: cost bill, prevailing party)

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He was fined pounds 85, and was ordered to pay court costs of pounds 85 and a victim surcharge of pounds 15.
He was fined pounds 450 and must pay pounds 250 court costs and a pounds 15 victim surcharge, plus three points.
1, Worcester, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, dismissed upon payment of $100 in court costs.
He was fined pounds 65 with pounds 100 court costs.
Norman, 38, of 26 Prospect Terrace, Leominster, marked lanes violation, not responsible; operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, dismissed upon payment of $50 in court costs; operating an uninsured motor vehicle, dismissed upon payment of $100 in court costs.
He was fined pounds 50 with pounds 100 court costs and ordered to pay pounds 60 compensation.
3, Fitchburg, vandalizing property, dismissed upon payment of court costs.
He was fined pounds 150, and was ordered to pay court costs of pounds 620 and a victim surcharge of pounds 15.
11, 2010, $50 court costs, $50 victim witness assessment.
He was given a restraining order, was fined pounds 1,950 in total, and was ordered to pay compensation of pounds 100, a victim surcharge of pounds 15 and court costs of pounds 150.
Gaulke, 23, of 21 Round Table Road, Shirley, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, dismissed upon payment of $100 in court costs; operating an unregistered motor vehicle, not responsible; operating an uninsured motor vehicle, dismissed upon payment of $100 in court costs.
He was fined pounds 100, and was ordered to pay court costs of pounds 85 and a victim surcharge of pounds 15.