21.91.13 96th Legislative Session 300

2021 South Dakota Legislature

House Bill 1069


Introduced by: The Committee on Judiciary at the request of the Chief Justice

An Act to modify the expenditures that are recoverable as disbursements by a prevailing party in a civil action or a special proceeding.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. That § 15-17-37 be AMENDED.

15-17-37. Prevailing party recovery--Taxation.

The prevailing party in a civil action or special proceeding may recover expenditures necessarily incurred in gathering and procuring evidence or bringing the matter to trial. Such expenditures include costs of telephonic hearings, costs of telephoto or fax charges, fees of witnesses, interpreters, translators, interpreter or translator expenditures not otherwise covered pursuant to § 15-17-37.1, officers, printers, service of process, filing, expenses from telephone calls, copying, costs of original and copies of transcripts and reporter's attendance fees, and court appointed experts, and other similar expenses and charges. These expenditures are termed "disbursements" and are taxed pursuant to § 15-6-54(d).

Section 2. That a NEW SECTION be added:

15-17-37.1. Interpreter or translator services--Payment.

When a witness or party needs a language interpreter or translator in a civil action or special proceeding, the court shall procure and appoint a disinterested interpreter or translator. The interpreter or translator shall be compensated for services provided in the court proceeding that the court certifies to be reasonable and just. The payment for the services of the interpreter or translator shall be made from funds appropriated for the operation of the courts. A civil action for purposes of this section does not include abuse and neglect, juvenile, involuntary commitment, mental illness, or protection order proceedings.

Catchlines are not law. (§ 2-16-13.1) Underscores indicate new language.

Overstrikes indicate deleted language.