Costs can only be awarded to a "prevailing party" and dismissing your case does not make you a "prevailing party".
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Dismissal prior to hearing is tantamount to a settlement. Though you may have not settled, only the prevailing party (or party who won) is allowed to get costs.
If you have further questions, be sure to speak with a lawyer that knows about Small Claims.
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