Are awarded court costs the same as attorney fees?

Asked 9 months ago - San Jose, CA

I see cases that the judgement is that plaintiff is liable for court costs. Does that mean the defendants' costs as in attorney fees or is this something else?

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  1. Kevin Samuel Sullivan

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    Answered . not necessarily. court costs include filing fees and attorney fees are a type of cost which are awarded only if allowed by law.

  2. Neil Pedersen

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    Answered . Court costs are awarded to any prevailing party. Attorney fees can be awarded as court costs only if there is a contract that allows for that, or if there is a statutory basis for a claim of fees. Unless there is a contract or a statute, there is no right to fees as costs.

    Good luck to you.

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  3. Robert Lee Marshall

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    Answered . Court costs are usually a small amount of money compared to attorney fees.

    Court costs can include the filing fee for the lawsuit and some ancillary expenses, such as serving the other party.

    Please understand that this is a general discussion of legal principles by a California lawyer and does not create... more

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