Looking at the Small Costs: Should 28 U.S.C. § 1920 Include Document Translations?
28 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2012
Date Written: 2012
Rule 54(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure affords the prevailing party the opportunity to obtain different “costs” from the losing party after a judgment in a federal civil case. Although district courts have the authority to award costs under Rule 54(d), not all expenses in connection with a lawsuit are recoverable. 28 U.S.C. § 1920(6) states that “[a] judge or clerk of any court of the United States may tax as costs the following: (6) Compensation of court appointed experts, compensation of interpreters, and salaries, fees, expenses, and costs of special interpretation services under section 1828 of this title.” However, United States circuit courts are conflicted as to exactly what is included under “interpreters.”
Keywords: cost, interpreters, translators, documents, federal courts, 28 USC 1920, costs
JEL Classification: K00, K10
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