William Windham v. Harris County, Texas, et al
PUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-20686 Affirmed ] Judge: JES , Judge: PRO , Judge: SAH Mandate issue date is 12/05/2017 [16-20686]
Date Filed: 11/13/2017
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
BILL OF COSTS
NOTE: The Bill of Costs is due in this office within 14 days from the date of the
opinion, See FED . R. APP. P. & 5T H CIR . R. 39. Untimely bills of costs must be
accompanied by a separate motion to file out of time, which the court may deny.
_______________________________________________ v. __________________________________________ No. _____________________
The Clerk is requested to tax the following costs against: _________________________________________________________________________________________
COSTS TAXABLE UNDER
Fed. R. App. P. & 5 th Cir. R. 39
No. of Copies
Pages Per Copy
Cost per Page*
(If different from amount requested)
Cost per Page*
Docket Fee ($500.00)
Appendix or Record Excerpts
Appellant’s Reply Brief
Total $ ________________
Costs are taxed in the amount of $ _______________
Costs are hereby taxed in the amount of $ _______________________ this ________________________________ day of __________________________, ___________.
LYLE W.CA Y C E , C LERK
County of _________________________________________________
I _____________________________________________________________, do hereby swear under penalty of perjury that the services for which fees have been charged were
incurred in this action and that the services for which fees have been charged were actually and necessarily performed. A copy of this Bill of Costs was this day mailed to
opposing counsel, with postage fully prepaid thereon. This _______________ day of ________________________________, ______________.
*SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR RULES
GOVERNING TAXATION OF COSTS
Attorney for __________________________________________
Date Filed: 11/13/2017
FIFTH CIRCUIT RULE 39
39.1 Taxable Rates. The cost of reproducing necessary copies of the brief, appendices, or record excerpts shall be taxed at a rate not higher than $0.15 per page, including cover,
index, and internal pages, for any for of reproduction costs. The cost of the binding required by 5 T H C IR . R. 32.2.3that mandates that briefs must lie reasonably flat when open shall
be a taxable cost but not limited to the foregoing rate. This rate is intended to approximate the current cost of the most economical acceptable method of reproduction generally
available; and the clerk shall, at reasonable intervals, examine and review it to reflect current rates. Taxable costs will be authorized for up to 15 copies for a brief and 10 copies
of an appendix or record excerpts, unless the clerk gives advance approval for additional copies.
39.2 Nonrecovery of Mailing and Com m ercial Delivery Service Costs. Mailing and commercial delivery fees incurred in transmitting briefs are not recoverable as taxable costs.
39.3 Tim e for Filing Bills of Costs. The clerk must receive bills of costs and any objections within the times set forth in F ED . R. A PP . P. 39(D ). See 5 T H C IR . R. 26.1.
F ED . R. A P P . P. 39.
(a) Against Whom Assessed. The following rules apply unless the law provides or the court orders otherwise;
(1) if an appeal is dismissed, costs are taxed against the appellant, unless the parties agree otherwise;
(2) if a judgment is affirmed, costs are taxed against the appellant;
(3) if a judgment is reversed, costs are taxed against the appellee;
(4) if a judgment is affirmed in part, reversed in part, modified, or vacated, costs are taxed only as the court orders.
(b) Costs For and Against the United States. Costs for or against the United States, its agency or officer will be assessed under Rule 39(a) only if authorized by law.
©) Costs of Copies Each court of appeals must, by local rule, fix the maximum rate for taxing the cost of producing necessary copies of a brief or appendix, or copies of records
authorized by rule 30(f). The rate must not exceed that generally charged for such work in the area where the clerk’s office is located and should encourage economical methods of
(d) Bill of costs: Objections; Insertion in Mandate.
(1) A party who wants costs taxed must – within 14 days after entry of judgment – file with the circuit clerk, with proof of service, an itemized and verified bill of costs.
(2) Objections must be filed within 14 days after service of the bill of costs, unless the court extends the time.
(3) The clerk must prepare and certify an itemized statement of costs for insertion in the mandate, but issuance of the mandate must not be delayed for taxing costs. If the mandate
issues before costs are finally determined, the district clerk must – upon the circuit clerk’s request – add the statement of costs, or any amendment of it, to the mandate.
(e) Costs of Appeal Taxable in the District Court. The following costs on appeal are taxable in the district court for the benefit of the party entitled to costs under this rule:
(1) the preparation and transmission of the record;
(2) the reporter’s transcript, if needed to determine the appeal;
(3) premiums paid for a supersedeas bond or other bond to preserve rights pending appeal; and
(4) the fee for filing the notice of appeal.
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