Rule 7.319 Taxation of Costs; Fees

(A)   Rules Applicable. The procedure for taxation of costs in the Supreme Court is as provided in MCR 7.219.

(B)   Expenses Taxable. Unless the Court otherwise orders, a prevailing party may tax only the reasonable costs incurred in the Supreme Court, including an amount not to exceed $2 per original page for the necessary expense of printing the briefs and appendixes required by these rules.

(C)   Fees Paid to Clerk. The Clerk shall collect the following fees, which may be taxed as costs when costs are allowed by the Court:

(1)   $375 for an application for leave to appeal or an original action;

(2)   $150 for a motion for immediate consideration or a motion to expedite appeal, except that a prosecuting attorney is exempt from paying a fee under this subdivision in an appeal arising out of a criminal proceeding if the defendant is represented by a court-appointed lawyer;

(3)   $75 for all other motions;

(4)   50 cents per page for (a) a certified copy of a paper from a public record or (b) a copy of an opinion, although one copy must be provided without charge to the attorney for each party in the case;

(5)   $5 for certified docket entries; and

(6)   $1 for certification of a copy presented to the clerk.

A party who is unable to pay a filing fee may ask the Court to waive the fee by filing a motion and an affidavit disclosing the reason for that inability. There is no fee for filing the motion but, if the motion is denied, the party must pay the fee for the underlying filing.

(D)   Violation of Rules. The Supreme Court may impose costs on a party or an attorney when in its discretion they should be assessed for violation of these rules.