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2024 California Rules of Court

Rule 8.936. Costs

(a) Entitlement to costs

Except in a criminal proceeding or other proceeding in which a party is entitled to court-appointed counsel, the prevailing party in an original proceeding is entitled to costs if the court resolves the proceeding after issuing an alternative writ, an order to show cause, or a peremptory writ in the first instance.

(b) Award of costs

(1)  In the interests of justice, the court may award or deny costs as it deems proper.

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

(3)  Rule 8.891(b)-(d) governs the procedure for recovering costs under this rule.

Rule 8.936 adopted effective January 1, 2009.

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