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2024 California Rules of Court

Rule 8.493. Costs

(a) Award of costs

(1)  Except in a criminal or juvenile or other proceeding in which a party is entitled to court-appointed counsel:

(A)  Unless otherwise ordered by the court under (B), the prevailing party in an original proceeding is entitled to costs if the court resolves the proceeding by written opinion after issuing an alternative writ, an order to show cause, or a peremptory writ in the first instance.

(B)  In the interests of justice, the court may also award or deny costs as it deems proper in the proceedings listed in (A) and in other circumstances.

(2)  The opinion or order resolving the proceeding must specify the award or denial of costs.

(b) Procedures for recovering costs

Rule 8.278(b)-(d) governs the procedure for recovering costs under this rule.

Rule 8.493 adopted effective January 1, 2009.

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