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New Court of Appeal Fees

In an effort to relieve the financial strain on the California court system,  Assembly Bill 110 has been signed into law.  This bill amends Government Code section 68926 regarding fees.  The primary change is that there is now a fee imposed on respondents in appellate and Supreme Court cases of $325 on first paper filings other than by appellants as well as by petitioners in write proceedings before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  The changes are effective immediately.

The pertinent portion of the bill follows:

SEC. 2.  Section 68926 of the Government Code is amended to read:
68926.  (a) (1) The fee for filing a notice of appeal in a civil case appealed to a court of appeal is four hundred eighty-five dollars ($485).
(2) The fee for filing a petition for a writ within the original civil jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is four hundred twenty dollars ($420).
(3) The fee for filing a petition for a writ within the original civil jurisdiction of a court of appeal is four hundred eighty-five dollars ($485).
(b) (1) The fee for a party other than appellant filing its first document in a civil case appealed to a court of appeal is three hundred twenty-five dollars ($325).
(2) The fee for a party other than petitioner filing its first document in a writ proceeding within the original jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is three hundred twenty-five dollars ($325).
(3) The fee for a party other than petitioner filing its first document in a writ proceeding within the original jurisdiction of a court of appeal is three hundred twenty-five dollars ($325).
(c) These fees are in full, for all services, through the rendering of the judgment or the issuing of the remittitur or peremptory writ, except the fees imposed by subdivision (b) of Section 68926.1 and Section 68927. The Judicial Council may make rules governing the time and method of payment of these fees, and providing for excuse therefrom in appropriate cases. A fee may not be charged in appeals from, nor petitions for writs involving, juvenile cases or proceedings to declare a minor free from parental custody or control, or proceedings under the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act (Part 1 (commencing with Section 5000) of Division 5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code).