Chapter 2335: FEES; COSTS

2335.01 Fees of commissioners and appraisers.

Each commissioner appointed to make partition of lands or to assign dower, for the time so engaged, and in going to and returning from such lands, shall receive not to exceed ten dollars each, per parcel of land, as the court determines.

A parcel of personal property is to include all the articles included in one action, execution, replevin, or attachment. Each person called by an officer to appraise real or personal property, on execution, replevin, or attachment, or to fix the value of exempt property shall receive not more than ten dollars per parcel and necessary expenses, provided, that in the appraisal of real estate the court may fix compensation at more than ten dollars per parcel.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.01

Effective Date: 09-14-1961

2335.02 Compensation of appraisers and arbitrators.

In any cause, matter, or proceeding arising in any court of record, where appraisers, commissioners, or arbitrators are appointed by such court to make or procure an appraisement or valuation of any property, real or personal, such appraisers, commissioners, or arbitrators shall receive, on application to such court, such compensation as the court deems reasonable and proper in addition to the amount specified by law and such compensation shall be taxed in the costs of such cause, matter, or proceeding in the same manner as other costs are now taxed.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.02

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.021 Appointment of licensed auctioneer - compensation, reimbursement.

Any court of record may appoint an auctioneer licensed under Chapter 4707. of the Revised Code to conduct any public auction of goods, chattels, or lands required to be sold by an officer of the court. Such auctioneer shall receive such compensation and reimbursement for the expenses of advertising such public auction as the court finds reasonable and proper. Such compensation and advertising expenses shall be charged as costs in the action or proceeding in which such sale is ordered.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.021

Effective Date: 10-22-1969

2335.03 Assignment commissioners.

The judges of the court of common pleas of any county where two or more such judges hold court at the same time, may, in joint session, appoint assignment commissioners to attend to the assignment of all cases for trial and to discharge such other duties as the court requires. Such assignment commissioners shall be allowed such compensation for their services as the court appointing them determines, and shall be paid monthly from the county treasury. An entry shall be made in the court journal designating the persons appointed as assignment commissioners, and fixing their compensation.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.03

Effective Date: 10-30-1965

2335.04 Assignment commissioner in county having one judge.

When the business of the court of common pleas requires, such court, in any county having not more than one judge of the court of common pleas, may appoint an assignment commissioner whose duty it will be to make assignments of cases to be tried in the court under the direction of the judge holding such court. Such commissioner shall hold office during the pleasure of the court making the appointment and shall receive such compensation as is fixed by the court making the appointment, which amount shall not exceed three thousand dollars per year, payable monthly.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.04

Effective Date: 08-21-1978

2335.05 Witness fees and mileage.

In all cases or proceedings not specified in sections 2335.06 and 2335.08 of the Revised Code, except as otherwise provided in section 2335.061 of the Revised Code, each person subpoenaed as a witness shall be allowed one dollar for each day's attendance and the mileage allowed in courts of record. If not subpoenaed each person called upon to testify in a case or proceeding shall receive twenty-five cents. Such fee shall be taxed in the bill of costs, and if incurred in a state or ordinance case, or in a proceeding before a public officer, board, or commission, the fee shall be paid out of the proper public treasury, upon the certificate of the court, officer, board, or commission conducting the proceeding.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.05

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.06 Witness fees in civil cases.

(A) Except as otherwise provided in section 2335.061 of the Revised Code, each witness in civil cases shall receive the following fees:

(1) Twelve dollars for each full day's attendance and six dollars for each half day's attendance at a court of record, mayor's court, or before a person authorized to take depositions, to be taxed in the bill of costs. Each witness shall also receive reimbursement for each mile necessarily traveled to and from the witness's place of residence to the place of giving testimony, to be taxed in the bill of costs. The board of county commissioners of each county shall set the reimbursement rate for each mile necessarily traveled by a witness in a civil case in the common pleas court, any division of the common pleas court, a county court, or a county-operated municipal court. The rate shall not exceed fifty and one-half cents for each mile.

(2) For attending a coroner's inquest, the same fees and mileage provided by division (A)(1) of this section, payable from the county treasury on the certificate of the coroner.

(B) As used in this section, "full day's attendance" means a day on which a witness is required or requested to be present at proceedings before and after twelve noon regardless of whether the witness actually testifies; "half day's attendance" means a day on which a witness is required or requested to be present at proceedings either before or after twelve noon, but not both, regardless of whether the witness actually testifies.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.06

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

Amended by 127th General Assemblych.28, HB 525, §1, eff. 7/1/2009.

Effective Date: 06-02-1976

2335.061 Testimony of coroner or deputy coroner; fees.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Coroner" has the same meaning as in section 313.01 of the Revised Code, and includes the following:

(a) The coroner of a county other than a county in which the death occurred or the dead human body was found if the coroner of that other county performed services for the county in which the death occurred or the dead human body was found;

(b) A medical examiner appointed by the governing authority of a county to perform the duties of a coroner set forth in Chapter 313. of the Revised Code.

(2) "Deposition fee" means the amount derived by multiplying the hourly rate by the number of hours a coroner or deputy coroner spent preparing for and giving expert testimony at a deposition in a civil action pursuant to this section.

(3) "Deputy coroner" means a pathologist serving as a deputy coroner.

(4) "Expert testimony" means testimony given by a coroner or deputy coroner as an expert witness pursuant to this section and the Rules of Evidence.

(5) "Fact testimony" means testimony given by a coroner or deputy coroner regarding the performance of the duties of the coroner as set forth in Chapter 313. of the Revised Code. "Fact testimony" does not include expert testimony.

(6) "Hourly rate" means the compensation established in sections 325.15 and 325.18 of the Revised Code for a coroner without a private practice of medicine at the class 8 level for calendar year 2001 and thereafter, divided by two thousand eighty.

(7) "Testimonial fee" means the amount derived by multiplying the hourly rate by six and multiplying the product by the number of hours that a coroner or deputy coroner spent preparing for and giving expert testimony at a trial or hearing in a civil action pursuant to this section.

(B)

(1) A party may subpoena a coroner or deputy coroner to give expert testimony at a trial, hearing, or deposition in a civil action only upon filing with the court a notice that includes all of the following:

(a) The name of the coroner or deputy coroner whose testimony is sought;

(b) A brief statement of the issues upon which the party seeks expert testimony from the coroner or deputy coroner;

(c) An acknowledgment by the party that the giving of expert testimony by the coroner or deputy coroner at the trial, hearing, or deposition is governed by this section and that the party will comply with all of the requirements of this section;

(d) A statement of the obligations of the coroner or deputy coroner under division (C) of this section.

(2) The notice under division (B)(1) of this section shall be served together with the subpoena.

(C) A party that obtains the expert testimony of a coroner or deputy coroner at a trial, hearing, or deposition in a civil action pursuant to division (B) or (D) of this section shall pay to the treasury of the county in which the coroner or deputy coroner holds office or is appointed or employed a testimonial fee or deposition fee, whichever is applicable, within thirty days after receiving the statement described in this division. Upon the conclusion of the coroner's or deputy coroner's expert testimony, the coroner or deputy coroner shall file a statement with the court on behalf of the county in which the coroner or deputy coroner holds office or is appointed or employed showing the fee due and how the coroner or deputy coroner calculated the fee. The coroner or deputy coroner shall serve a copy of the statement on each of the parties.

(D) For good cause shown, the court may permit a coroner or deputy coroner who has not been served with a subpoena under division (B) of this section to give expert testimony at a trial, hearing, or deposition in a civil action. Unless good cause is shown, the failure of a party to file with the court the notice described in division (B)(1) of this section prohibits the party from having a coroner or deputy coroner subpoenaed to give expert testimony at a trial, hearing, or deposition in a civil action or from otherwise calling the coroner or a deputy coroner to give expert testimony at a trial, hearing, or deposition in a civil action.

(E) In the event of a dispute as to the contents of the notice filed by a party under division (B) of this section or as to the nature of the testimony sought from or given by a coroner or a deputy coroner at a trial, hearing, or deposition in a civil action, the court shall determine whether the testimony sought from or given by the coroner or deputy coroner is expert testimony or fact testimony. In making this determination, the court shall consider all of the following:

(1) The definitions of "expert testimony" and "fact testimony" set forth in this section;

(2) All applicable rules of evidence;

(3) Any other information that the court considers relevant.

(F) Nothing in this section shall be construed to alter, amend, or supersede the requirements of the Rules of Civil Procedure or the Rules of Evidence.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.061

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.28, HB 153, §101.01, eff. 9/29/2011.

2335.07 Return of miles by officers.

The sheriff or other officer serving a writ or subpoena shall indorse thereon the number of miles to which each witness is entitled as provided by sections 2335.05 and 2335.06 of the Revised Code. Each judicial officer returning witnesses under recognizance to any court for the trial of criminal causes shall indorse on his transcript the number of miles to which each such witness is entitled.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.07

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.08 Witness fees in criminal cases.

Each witness attending, under recognizance or subpoena issued by order of the prosecuting attorney or defendant, before the grand jury or any court of record, in criminal causes, shall be allowed the same fees as provided by section 2335.06 of the Revised Code in civil causes, to be taxed in only one cause when such witness is attending in more causes than one on the same days, unless otherwise directed by special order of the court. When certified to the county auditor by the clerk of the court, such fees shall be paid from the county treasury, and except as to the grand jury, taxed in the bill of costs. Each witness attending before a judge of a county court, magistrate, or mayor, under subpoena in criminal cases, shall be allowed the fees provided by such section for witnesses in the court of common pleas. In state cases such fees shall be paid out of the county treasury, and in ordinance cases they shall be paid out of the treasury of the municipal corporation, upon the certificates of the judge or magistrate, and they shall be taxed in the bill of costs.

When the fees enumerated by this section have been collected from the judgment debtor, they shall be paid to the public treasury from which such fees were advanced.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.08

Effective Date: 01-01-1976

2335.09 [Effective Until 9/17/2014] Interpreter.

Whenever, in any criminal proceeding or prosecution for the violation of an ordinance, or in a hearing before a coroner, an interpreter is necessary, the judge, magistrate, or coroner may appoint interpreters, who shall receive fees as witnesses in the case or proceeding. Such fees shall be taxed and paid as provided by sections 2335.05 to 2335.08 , inclusive, of the Revised Code for other witness fees. This section shall not apply if, by law, an interpreter is otherwise provided.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.09

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.09 [Effective 9/17/2014] Interpreter.

Whenever, in any criminal proceeding or prosecution for the violation of an ordinance, or in a hearing before a coroner, an interpreter is necessary, the judge, magistrate, or coroner may appoint interpreters, who shall receive fees as witnesses in the case or proceeding. Such fees shall be taxed and paid as provided by sections 2335.05 to 2335.08 of the Revised Code for other witness fees. If the party taxed with costs is indigent, interpreter's fees shall not be taxed as costs, and the county or, if the court is a municipal court that is not a county-operated municipal court, the municipal corporation in which the court is located shall pay the interpreter's fees. This section shall not apply if, by law, an interpreter is otherwise provided.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.09

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 309, §1, eff. 9/17/2014.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.10 Expenses in pursuit of felon.

The board of county commissioners may allow and pay the necessary expenses incurred by an officer in pursuit of a person charged with a felony, who has signed a formal waiver of interstate extradition or fled the country.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.10

Effective Date: 02-05-1968

2335.11 [Effective Until 9/17/2014] Payment of fees and costs in felonies and minor state cases.

In felony cases in which the defendant is convicted, the fees of the various magistrates and their officers, the witness fees, and interpreter's fees shall be inserted in the judgment of conviction and, when collected shall be disbursed by the clerk of the court of common pleas to the persons entitled thereto. In minor state cases, which have come to the court of common pleas through such magistrate's courts, the fees enumerated by this section shall be inserted in the judgment of conviction and, when collected shall be disbursed by the clerk to the persons entitled thereto. In both felonies and minor state cases, such clerk shall pay the witness and interpreter's fees into the county treasury, monthly.

In all cases in which recognizances are taken, forfeited, and collected, the amount recovered shall be paid into the county treasury, and if no conviction is had, such costs shall be paid by the county upon the allowance of the county auditor.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.11

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.11 [Effective 9/17/2014] Payment of fees and costs in felonies and minor state cases.

In felony cases in which the defendant is convicted, the fees of the various magistrates and their officers, the witness fees, and interpreter's fees shall be inserted in the judgment of conviction and, when collected shall be disbursed by the clerk of the court of common pleas to the persons entitled thereto. In minor state cases, which have come to the court of common pleas through such magistrate's courts, the fees enumerated by this section shall be inserted in the judgment of conviction and, when collected shall be disbursed by the clerk to the persons entitled thereto. In both felonies and minor state cases, such clerk shall pay the witness and interpreter's fees into the county treasury, monthly.

If the defendant is indigent, the interpreter's fees shall not be inserted in the judgment of conviction, and the county shall pay the interpreter's fees.

In all cases in which recognizances are taken, forfeited, and collected, the amount recovered shall be paid into the county treasury, and if no conviction is had, such costs shall be paid by the county upon the allowance of the county auditor.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.11

Amended by 130th General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 309, §1, eff. 9/17/2014.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.12 Necessary expenses for salaried officers.

In all state cases, any wholly salaried minor court officer, charged with the execution of a warrant to arrest or order of commitment, shall receive from the county treasury the actual necessary expense of executing such writs upon specifically itemized bills, verified by the oath of such officer, and certified to by the proper magistrate, court, or clerk thereof. Such expense shall, in a like manner, be paid from the municipal treasury when incurred in ordinance cases.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.12

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.13 Allowance wherein state fails or defendant is insolvent.

In felony cases in which the state fails, and in misdemeanor cases in which the defendant proves insolvent, the board of county commissioners, at its first meeting in January, shall make an allowance to constables, in the place of fees, but in no year shall the aggregate allowance to such officer exceed the fees legally taxed to him in such causes, nor, in any calendar year, shall the aggregate amount allowed such officer and his successor exceed one hundred dollars. If there is a successor, such amount shall be prorated on the basis of lost fees.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.13

Effective Date: 12-16-1964

2335.14 Inclusion of officer's fees in ascertaining the amount of fees taxed.

In ascertaining the amount of fees taxed by a judge of a county court in order to make the allowance provided by section 2335.13 of the Revised Code, in cases in which such judge was authorized to take security for costs, it must appear that he exercised reasonable care in taking such security. Until satisfied by the certificate of such judge or by other proof, to the satisfaction of the board of county commissioners, that the prosecuting witness was indigent and unable to pay the costs or procure security thereof, and that the officer exercised due care in taking such security, the fees of such officer in such cases shall not be included in ascertaining the amount to be so allowed.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.14

Effective Date: 01-01-1958

2335.15 Insufficient security for costs.

Where a judge of a county court takes security for costs that at the time of taking is insufficient, the board of county commissioners, in making allowance to him, shall not take into account his fees in such case.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.15

Effective Date: 01-01-1958

2335.16 Taxing of costs by county court judge.

In all causes in which a judge of a county court may fine a person charged with the commission of an offense, such judge shall render judgment for such fine, and shall tax such costs for himself, the constable, and witnesses as are allowed by law.

In any misdemeanor case, all fees due any such officers, if collected, shall be paid into the county treasury, unless the amount of such fees was not taken into account in estimating the allowance to such officer.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.16

Effective Date: 01-01-1958

2335.17 Witness fees of policemen.

No police officer is entitled to witness fees in a cause prosecuted under an ordinance of a city before a magistrate. In all prosecutions under a criminal law of the state involving a felony, municipal police officers shall be allowed the same fees for attendance as are allowed by section 2335.06 of the Revised Code. Such fees shall be taxed in the bill of costs and deposited, by municipal police officers, with the treasurer of the municipal corporation, to the credit of the general fund.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.17

Effective Date: 07-01-1985

2335.18 Costs of each party.

The costs of the parties in all actions, motions, and proceedings, in any of the courts of this state, shall be taxed and entered of record separately.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.18

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.19 Certificate of judgment for costs.

(A) On the rendition of judgment in any cause in any court, the costs of the party recovering, together with the party's debt or damages, shall be carried into the party's judgment, and the costs of the party against whom that judgment is rendered shall be separately stated in the record or docket entry. No party in whose favor judgment for costs is rendered in a cause may release, satisfy, or discharge, in whole or in part, any of those costs, unless that party previously has paid those costs to the clerk of the court or unless those costs have been paid to the person entitled to those costs or have been legally assigned or transferred to that party by the persons in whose names those costs stand taxed upon the record or docket.

(B) An entry of judgment that includes a grant of judgment for costs is an order that authorizes the clerk of the court, in accordance with division (C) of this section, to issue a certificate of judgment for all costs including any interest due on the judgment for costs, any cost incurred by the clerk in collecting the judgment for costs, and any fee a public agency or private vendor charges the clerk pursuant to a contract entered into under division (B)(1) of section 2335.24 of the Revised Code for collecting the judgment for costs against the person who is liable for the payment of those costs.

(C) The clerk of a court who wishes to issue a certificate of judgment for costs pursuant to a judgment for costs shall provide an itemized bill of fees and costs to the person who is liable for costs under the judgment, either upon the request of the person as specified in section 2335.32 of the Revised Code or without a request. If the person does not pay the fees and costs within thirty days after the clerk provides the itemized bill, the clerk shall send the person a first notice requesting payment of the fees and costs as stated in the itemized bill. If the person does not respond to the first notice with the full payment of the fees and costs within thirty days, the clerk shall send the person a second notice requesting payment of the fees and costs. If ninety days elapse from the date that the clerk provides the itemized bill and if the person has not paid the full amount of the fees and costs pursuant to the itemized bill and the notices, the clerk may issue a certificate of judgment for costs against the person for the fees and costs. After issuing a certificate of judgment for costs, the clerk may assess the interest accrued from the date the clerk sends the first notice requesting payment of the fees and costs as stated in the itemized bill to the date of collection of the judgment at the rate established in section 1343.03 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.19

Effective Date: 08-28-2002

2335.20 Indorsement on execution of costs of party condemned.

The clerk of the court or the judge of a county court, issuing execution for a judgment as provided by section 2335.19 of the Revised Code, shall indorse thereon the amount of the costs of the party condemned, which costs shall be collected by the officer to whom such writ is directed, in the same manner and at the same time as the judgment mentioned in the execution.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.20

Effective Date: 01-10-1961

2335.21 Special execution may issue for costs.

When the party recovering judgment in a cause neglects to sue out execution immediately, or after such execution has been returned without satisfaction of costs, the clerk of the court, for his own benefit, may, or at the instance of a person entitled to fees in the bill of costs taxed against either party, shall issue against the party indebted to such clerk or other person for such fees, whether plaintiff or defendant, an execution to compel the party to pay his own costs. Such execution shall be in the following form:

(Form of execution to compel either party to pay his own costs.)

The State of Ohio, . . . . . . . . . . county, ss:

To the sheriff of . . . . . . . . . . county, greeting[s]:

Whereas, in a certain civil action lately prosecuted in the . . . . . . . . . . court of . . . . . . . . . . county, wherein . . . . . . . . . . was plaintiff and . . . . . . . . . . was defendant, the costs of said . . . . . . . . . . were taxed at . . . . . . . . . . dollars, . . . . . . . . . . cents: You are therefore commanded, that, of the goods and chattels, or, for the want of goods and chattels, of the lands and tenements of the said . . . . . . . . . . in your county, you cause to be made the costs aforesaid, with interest thereon from the . . . . . . . . . . day of . . . . . . . . . ., A.D. . . . . . . . . . (the date of the judgment) until paid, and costs that may accrue: And, if you shall levy and make said costs and interests, do you have the same before the . . . . . . . . . . court of . . . . . . . . . . county, within sixty days from the date hereof, to render unto the persons entitled to the same; and have you then and there this writ.

Witness my hand and the seal of the . . . . . . . . . court, this . . . day of . . . . . . . . . . A.D. . . . . . . . . . ..

A.B., Clerk.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.21

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.22 Costs on amendments, continuance, or under special rule.

The costs adjudged against either party on continuances, amendments, or under a special rule may be collected by process, at any time after judgment or order of court awarding such costs to be issued from the court in which the judgment or order is made, in the form of execution prescribed by section 2335.21 of the Revised Code, with the following alteration: after the asterisk, instead of the word "of," these words shall be inserted: "adjudged against the said . . . . . . . . . . on continuance," or "amendment," or otherwise, as the case may be. If the special rule for payment of costs is in the court of appeals, the writ shall be so altered as to make it returnable to that court.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.22

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.23 Costs to be taxed separately - costs in court of appeals.

In transcripts given by clerks and judges of county courts, the costs of each party shall be stated and set forth separately. In causes taken from the court of common pleas to the court of appeals on appeal, the clerk of the court of common pleas shall certify to the court of appeals the costs of each party, separately. The clerk of the court of appeals shall, in like manner, certify in the mandate to the court of common pleas, for execution, the costs in such court of appeals of each party, separately. The costs of the losing party in the court of appeals as well as the costs of the successful party shall, except as provided in section 2335.22 of the Revised Code, be collected, by process, from the court of common pleas in the manner prescribed in section 2335.21 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.23

Effective Date: 01-10-1961

2335.24 Collection of costs - contracts for collection.

(A) In all causes in any court, except as otherwise provided in section 2969.23 of the Revised Code, costs taxed and entered as provided by sections 2335.18 to 2335.23 of the Revised Code may be collected by the process provided by those sections.

(B)

(1) The clerk of a court may enter into contracts with one or more public agencies or private vendors for the collection of amounts due under judgments for costs. The contracts shall comply with division (B)(2) of this section. The amounts may include any interest that also is due on a judgment for costs. Before entering into or renewing a contract of that nature, the clerk of a court shall do all of the following:

(a) Comply with the provisions of sections 307.86 to 307.92 of the Revised Code that pertain to required competitive bidding. For purposes of complying with those sections, the clerk of the court shall be considered the contracting authority.

(b) Obtain the approval of the terms of the contract by the legislative authority associated with the court.

(2) A contract entered into or renewed by the clerk of a court pursuant to division (B)(1) of this section shall include all of the following terms:

(a) A requirement that the contracting public agency or private vendor must disburse the full amount collected by the agency or vendor that is due under the judgment for costs, including any interest that is also due on that judgment, to the contracting clerk of a court for disbursement to the appropriate entity as designated by the Revised Code;

(b) A provision that prohibits the contracting public agency or private vendor from deducting any fees or expenses that the agency or vendor incurs in the collection of the judgment from the amount collected that is due under the judgment including interest.

(3) As used in division (B) of this section, "legislative authority" has the same meaning as in division (B) of section 1901.03 of the Revised Code, if the clerk of the court involved is the clerk of a municipal court, and means a board of county commissioners, if the clerk of the court involved is the clerk of a county court or a court of common pleas.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.24

Effective Date: 08-28-2002

2335.241 Use of certain interest on certificates of judgment for computerization of clerk's office.

In order to provide funds to support the effective use of computerization within the office of the clerk of the court of common pleas, upon the request of the clerk of the court of common pleas, the board of county commissioners, by a resolution adopted on an annual basis prior to the thirty-first day of January in any year, may authorize the clerk of court to deposit in a fund for that purpose all or a portion of the interest that is due on certificates of judgment issued by that clerk pursuant to division (C) of section 2335.19 of the Revised Code and that the clerk receives during that calendar year. The clerk of the court shall pay to the county treasurer the interest authorized by the resolution of the board of county commissioners to be used for computerization within the office of the clerk. The treasurer shall deposit the money from this interest into any fund previously established under division (B)(1) of section 2303.021 of the Revised Code if a fund has been established for funds collected under that division. If a fund has not been established under that division, the treasurer shall deposit the money from this interest into a separate fund to be distributed after appropriation by the board of county commissioners in an amount no greater than the actual cost of a computerization project recommended by the clerk of the court of common pleas and approved by the board of county commissioners. The board of county commissioners, with the consent of the clerk of the court of common pleas, may determine at any time that the separate fund established is no longer necessary and may terminate that fund. Notwithstanding sections 5705.14 to 5705.16 of the Revised Code, if that fund is terminated, the treasurer shall transfer any moneys that remain in the fund to the general fund of the county.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.241

Effective Date: 08-28-2002

2335.25 Cashbooks of costs - clerk shall receive moneys payable at office.

Each clerk of a court of record, the sheriff, and the prosecuting attorney shall enter in a journal or cashbook, provided at the expense of the county, an accurate account of all moneys collected or received in his official capacity, on the days of the receipt, and in the order of time so received, with a minute of the date and suit, or other matter, on account of which the money was received. The cashbook shall be a public record of the office, and shall, on the expiration of the term of each such officer, be delivered to his successor in office. The clerk shall be the receiver of all moneys payable into his office, whether collected by public officers of court or tendered by other persons, and, on request, shall pay the moneys to the persons entitled to receive them.

The clerk of the court of common pleas or of the county court may deposit moneys payable into his office in a bank or a building and loan association, as defined in section 1151.01 of the Revised Code, subject to section 131.11 of the Revised Code. Any interest received upon the deposits shall be paid into the treasury of the county for which the clerk performs his duties.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.25

Effective Date: 09-01-1975

2335.26 Courts may require clerks to give additional bonds.

If, at any time, in the opinion of the court, the official bond of its clerk, is not sufficient in form, or becomes insufficient, for want of responsible sureties to secure the payment of the sum specified in such bond, the court, on motion, shall order its clerk to give additional bond, with responsible sureties, in the sum required by law, with the proper conditions.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.26

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.27 Costs collected by prosecuting attorney.

On the first day of November of each year, the prosecuting attorney shall file with the clerk of the court of common pleas a certified report of all costs collected by him, or that are in the process of collection, in felony cases. The report shall state the amount received in each case, the date received, and when the amount was paid to the county treasurer. At the same time, the prosecuting attorney shall file a like report of all costs and fines that are collected by him in misdemeanors and that he is required to pay into the county treasury.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.27

Effective Date: 10-06-1994

2335.28 Jury fees in civil actions to be taxed as costs.

(A) Except as provided in division (B) of this section, in any civil action in a court of common pleas in which a jury is sworn and a verdict is returned, the fees of the jurors sworn shall be taxed as costs unless the court determines that the payment of the fees by a party against whom they are proposed to be taxed would not be in the interest of justice.

(B)

(1) If a civil action in a court of common pleas in which a jury has been summoned but not sworn is settled or does not otherwise go forward, the fees of the jurors summoned may be taxed as costs at the discretion of the trial court.

(2) If a civil action in a court of common pleas is settled after jurors are sworn, the fees of the jurors sworn shall be paid in accordance with the settlement agreement. If the agreement does not provide for the payment of the fees, the fees of the jurors sworn may be taxed as costs at the discretion of the trial court.

(C) Upon receipt of fees taxed as costs under division (A) or (B) of this section or paid in accordance with a settlement agreement, the clerk of the court shall pay the fees to the county treasurer to be deposited in the county treasury.

(D) If any juror serves on more than one jury on the same day, the court shall tax the juror's jury fees for that day as costs equally among the parties who are required to pay the fees under this section either as determined by the court or pursuant to a settlement agreement.

(E) Jury fees shall be taxed as costs pursuant to this section for each day or part of a day that a sworn juror serves.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.28

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.81, HB 268, §1, eff. 5/22/2012.

Effective Date: 04-04-1985; 05-18-2005

2335.29 [Repealed].

Cite as R.C. § 2335.29

Effective Date: 09-11-1961

2335.30 Table of fees to be posted in office.

Within three months after being elected or appointed to office, each county officer shall make and post, in a conspicuous place in his office, for the inspection by all persons who have business in his office, a table of the fees to which he is entitled.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.30

Effective Date: 09-11-1961

2335.31 Items of fees to be returned on process.

No sheriff, coroner, or constable may receive, either on mesne or final process, any fees, unless he returns, upon the process on which a charge is made, the particular items of such charge.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.31

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.32 Itemized bill of costs.

In all cases, when demanded by a person liable for the payment of any fees or costs to an officer, such officer, without charge, shall make, sign, and deliver to the person an itemized bill of such fees or costs. No person shall, after such demand, be compelled to pay such fees or costs until an itemized bill is so made and delivered, with a receipt for the amount paid.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.32

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.33 Costs collected by sheriffs.

Each sheriff shall pay to the clerk of the court of common pleas all costs collected by such sheriff or his deputies, except when collected upon process from the supreme court, the probate court, or from the court of common pleas of another county in which cases the sheriff shall pay such costs to the clerk of the court from which the process issued. A sheriff may pay costs to the parties entitled thereto.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.33

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.34 Lists of unclaimed costs.

On the first Monday of January, each year, the clerk of each court of common pleas and court of appeals, each probate judge, and each sheriff shall make two certified lists of causes in which money has been paid and has remained in the hands of that person or in the hands of a former clerk, probate judge, or sheriff, for one year next preceding that first Monday of January. The lists shall designate the amount of money and in whose hands it remains. One list shall be set up in a conspicuous place by the officer, in the officer's office, for the period of thirty days, and the other list shall be posted at a public area of the courthouse or published on the web site of the court or officer, on the second Monday of January, for the same period of time.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.34

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.52, SB 124, §1, eff. 1/13/2012.

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.35 Disposition of unclaimed fees and costs.

All moneys, fees, costs, debts, and damages, remaining in the hands of the clerk of the court of common pleas or probate judge, and all unclaimed moneys, other than costs, remaining in the hands of the sheriff from the expiration of thirty days from the ending of the time of advertisement as provided by section 2335.34 of the Revised Code, shall be paid by such officer or his successor to the county treasurer, on the order of the county auditor. Each such officer shall indicate each item in his cashbook and docket the disposition made thereof. Upon ceasing to be such officer, each clerk, probate judge, and sheriff shall immediately pay to his successor all money in his hands as such officer.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.35

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.36 Payment to person entitled to money from county treasury.

A person entitled to money turned into the county treasury as provided by section 2335.35 of the Revised Code shall, upon demand, receive a warrant for such money from the county auditor, payable to the order of the person named in the list furnished the auditor as provided by section 2335.38 of the Revised Code. Such warrant shall be issued upon the certificate of the clerk of the court of common pleas, probate judge, or sheriff, in office at the time such demand is made.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.36

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.37 Payment of certain costs.

All costs certified from the county treasury in criminal cases, and afterwards collected and paid to the clerk of the court of common pleas, probate judge, or sheriff, and all fines paid to them, shall be paid by such officer into the county treasury, on or before the Saturday next preceding the beginning of each term of the court of common pleas.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.37

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.38 Records shall be kept.

Each clerk of the court of common pleas, probate judge, or sheriff shall keep a book, which shall be a record of his office, showing in detail all the moneys paid by him into the county treasury, with proper references showing where each item may be found on the respective cashbooks and dockets, and giving the names of the parties, in alphabetical order, to whom such money belongs. A detailed statement of each item shall be furnished the county auditor, and no clerk, probate judge, or sheriff, shall receive from his successor in office any fees earned by him, which have come into the hands of such successor, until settlements are all fully made.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.38

Effective Date: 10-01-1953

2335.39 Compensation for fees incurred by prevailing party in connection with action or appeal.

(A) As used in this section:

(1) "Court" means any court of record.

(2) "Eligible party" means a party to an action or appeal involving the state, other than the following:

(a) The state;

(b) An individual whose net worth exceeded one million dollars at the time the action or appeal was filed;

(c) A sole owner of an unincorporated business that had, or a partnership, corporation, association, or organization that had, a net worth exceeding five million dollars at the time the action or appeal was filed, except that an organization that is described in subsection 501(c)(3) and is tax exempt under subsection 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code shall not be excluded as an eligible party under this division because of its net worth;

(d) A sole owner of an unincorporated business that employed, or a partnership, corporation, association, or organization that employed, more than five hundred persons at the time the action or appeal was filed.

(3) "Fees" means reasonable attorney's fees, in an amount not to exceed seventy-five dollars per hour or a higher hourly fee approved by the court.

(4) "Internal Revenue Code" means the "Internal Revenue Code of 1954," 68A Stat. 3, 26 U.S.C. 1 , as amended.

(5) "Prevailing eligible party" means an eligible party that prevails in an action or appeal involving the state.

(6) "State" has the same meaning as in section 2743.01 of the Revised Code.

(B)

(1) Except as provided in divisions (B)(2) and (F) of this section, in a civil action, or appeal of a judgment in a civil action, to which the state is a party, or in an appeal of an adjudication order of an agency pursuant to section 119.12 of the Revised Code, the prevailing eligible party is entitled, upon filing a motion in accordance with this division, to compensation for fees incurred by that party in connection with the action or appeal. Compensation, when payable to a prevailing eligible party under this section, is in addition to any other costs and expenses that may be awarded to that party by the court pursuant to law or rule.

A prevailing eligible party that desires an award of compensation for fees shall file a motion requesting the award with the court within thirty days after the court enters final judgment in the action or appeal. The motion shall do all of the following:

(a) Identify the party;

(b) Indicate that the party is the prevailing eligible party and is entitled to receive an award of compensation for fees;

(c) Include a statement that the state's position in initiating the matter in controversy was not substantially justified;

(d) Indicate the amount sought as an award;

(e) Itemize all fees sought in the requested award. The itemization shall include a statement from any attorney who represented the prevailing eligible party, that indicates the fees charged, the actual time expended, and the rate at which the fees were calculated.

(2) Upon the filing of a motion under this section, the court shall review the request for the award of compensation for fees and determine whether the position of the state in initiating the matter in controversy was substantially justified, whether special circumstances make an award unjust, and whether the prevailing eligible party engaged in conduct during the course of the action or appeal that unduly and unreasonably protracted the final resolution of the matter in controversy. The court shall issue an order, in writing, on the motion of the prevailing eligible party, which order shall include a statement indicating whether an award has been granted, the findings and conclusions underlying it, the reasons or bases for the findings and conclusions, and, if an award has been granted, its amount. The order shall be included in the record of the action or appeal, and the clerk of the court shall mail a certified copy of it to the state and the prevailing eligible party.

With respect to a motion under this section, the state has the burden of proving that its position in initiating the matter in controversy was substantially justified, that special circumstances make an award unjust, or that the prevailing eligible party engaged in conduct during the course of the action or appeal that unduly and unreasonably protracted the final resolution of the matter in controversy.

A court considering a motion under this section may deny an award entirely, or reduce the amount of an award that otherwise would be payable, to a prevailing eligible party only as follows:

(a) If the court determines that the state has sustained its burden of proof that its position in initiating the matter in controversy was substantially justified or that special circumstances make an award unjust, the motion shall be denied;

(b) If the court determines that the state has sustained its burden of proof that the prevailing eligible party engaged in conduct during the course of the action or appeal that unduly and unreasonably protracted the final resolution of the matter in controversy, the court may reduce the amount of an award, or deny an award, to that party to the extent of that conduct.

An order of a court considering a motion under this section is appealable as in other cases, by a prevailing eligible party that is denied an award or receives a reduced award. If the case is an appeal of the adjudication order of an agency pursuant to section 119.12 of the Revised Code, the agency may appeal an order granting an award. The order of the court may be modified by the appellate court only if it finds that the grant or the failure to grant an award, or the calculation of the amount of an award, involved an abuse of discretion.

(C) Compensation for fees awarded to a prevailing eligible party under this section may be paid by the specific branch of the state government or the state department, board, office, commission, agency, institution, or other instrumentality over which the party prevailed in the action or appeal from any funds available to it for payment of such compensation. If compensation is not paid from such funds or such funds are not available, upon the filing of the court's order in favor of the prevailing eligible party with the clerk of the court of claims, the order shall be treated as if it were a judgment under Chapter 2743. of the Revised Code and be payable in accordance with the procedures specified in section 2743.19 of the Revised Code, except that interest shall not be paid in relation to the award.

(D) If compensation for fees is awarded under this section to a prevailing eligible party that is appealing an agency adjudication order pursuant to section 119.12 of the Revised Code, it shall include the fees incurred in the appeal and, if requested in the motion, the fees incurred by the party in the adjudication hearing conducted under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code. A motion containing such a request shall itemize, in the manner described in division (B)(1)(e) of section 119.092 of the Revised Code, the fees, as defined in that section, that are sought in an award.

(E) Each court that orders during any fiscal year compensation for fees to be paid to a prevailing eligible party pursuant to this section shall prepare a report for that year. The report shall be completed no later than the first day of October of the fiscal year following the fiscal year covered by the report, and copies of it shall be filed with the general assembly. It shall contain the following information:

(1) The total amount and total number of awards of compensation for fees required to be paid to prevailing eligible parties;

(2) The amount and nature of each individual award ordered;

(3) Any other information that may aid the general assembly in evaluating the scope and impact of awards of compensation for fees.

(F) The provisions of this section do not apply in any of the following:

(1) Appropriation proceedings under Chapter 163. of the Revised Code;

(2) Civil actions or appeals of civil actions that involve torts;

(3) An appeal pursuant to section 119.12 of the Revised Code that involves any of the following:

(a) An adjudication order entered after a hearing described in division (F) of section 119.092 of the Revised Code;

(b) A prevailing eligible party represented in the appeal by an attorney who was paid pursuant to an appropriation by the federal or state government or a local government;

(c) An administrative appeal decision made under section 5101.35 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 2335.39

Effective Date: 09-26-2003