(House Bill 1069)
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
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.
Signed March 3, 2021
Catchlines are not law. (§ 2-16-13.1) Underscores indicate new language.
indicate deleted language.