Under certain circumstances, the court waives filing fees for indigent litigants. That box states whether the court did so in your case. It has to do with the court's ability to recover those costs on behalf of a prevailing party for whom it waived them.
Typically, that box will be checked. Otherwise, if the court DID waive court fees, the declaration on second page of CIV110 (Request for Dismissal) must be filled out.
Basically, the court has a statutory lien on settlements over $10,000 if the court fees were initially waived. The court can refuse to enter the dismissal until the lien has been satisfied. (Government Code section 68637).
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