RULE 2-603. COSTS
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MD Rules, Rule 2-603
RULE 2-603. COSTS
(a) Allowance and Allocation. Unless otherwise provided by rule, law, or order of court, the prevailing party is entitled to costs. The court, by order, may allocate costs among the parties. If the clerk has any question regarding the allocation of costs, including which party is the prevailing party, the court shall determine the matter.
Cross reference: Code, Courts Article, § 7-202.
Committee note: The clerk may include with the assessment an invoice for open costs, directed to the party responsible for payment.
(c) Assessment by the Court. When the court orders or requests a transcript or, on its own initiative, appoints an expert or interpreter, the court may assess as costs some or all of the expenses or may order payment of some or all of the expenses from public funds. On motion of a party and after hearing, if requested, the court may assess as costs any reasonable and necessary expenses, to the extent permitted by rule or law.
(e) Waiver of Costs in Domestic Relations Cases--Indigency. In an action under Title 9, Chapter 200 of these Rules, the court shall grant a final waiver of open costs, including any compensation, fees, and costs of a magistrate or examiner if the court finds that the party against whom the costs are assessed is unable to pay them by reason of poverty. The party may seek the waiver at the conclusion of the case by filing a request for a final waiver of open costs, together with (1) an affidavit substantially in the form prescribed by Rule 1-325(e)(1)(A), or (2) if the party was granted a waiver of prepayment of prepaid costs by court order pursuant to Rule 1-325(e) and remains unable to pay the costs, an affidavit that recites the existence of the prior waiver and the party's continued inability to pay.
[Adopted April 6, 1984, eff. July 1, 1984. Amended April 7, 1986, eff. July 1, 1986; June 4, 1991, eff. July 1, 1991; Jan. 20, 1999, eff. July 1, 1999; Dec. 16, 1999, eff. Jan. 1, 2000; Oct. 17, 2013, eff. Jan. 1, 2014; March 2, 2015, eff. July 1, 2015; Sept. 17, 2015, eff. Jan. 1, 2016; Dec. 7, 2015, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.]
MD Rules, Rule 2-603, MD R RCP CIR CT Rule 2-603
Current with amendments received through May 15, 2022. Some sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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