Costs – This is a term often used in judgments as in “the defendant will pay costs.” When a person is condemned to “costs” it means that he has to pay all the court costs such as the court tax for bringing the action, lawyer’s fees, witness fees and other fees paid out by the other side in bringing the action to justice and towards court decision. The legal rule in most jurisdictions is that “costs follows the event” which means that the loser pays. In most states, the court has the final say on costs and may decide not to make an order on costs, where this decision of the court could be appealed at the higer court by the party which has suffered costs.

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