ENTITLED 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, 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. 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.
An Act to modify the expenditures that are recoverable as disbursements by a prevailing party in a civil action or a special proceeding.
I certify that the attached Act originated in the:
Speaker of the House
President of the Senate
Secretary of the Senate
File No. ____
Chapter No. ______
Received at this Executive Office
this _____ day of _____________,
2021 at ____________M.
for the Governor
The attached Act is hereby
approved this ________ day of
______________, A.D., 2021
Filed ____________, 2021
at _________ o'clock __M.
Secretary of State
Asst. Secretary of State