2015 ORS 20.310¹
Costs and disbursements in Supreme Court or Court of Appeals

(1) In any appeal to the Court of Appeals or review by the Supreme Court, the court shall allow costs and disbursements to the prevailing party, unless a statute provides that in the particular case costs and disbursements shall not be allowed to the prevailing party or shall be allowed to some other party, or unless the court directs otherwise. If, under a special provision of any statute, a party has a right to recover costs, such party shall also have a right to recover disbursements. On the same terms and conditions, when the Supreme Court denies a petition for review, the respondent on review is entitled to costs and disbursements reasonably incurred in connection with the petition for review.

(2) Costs and disbursements on appeal to the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court or on petition for review by the Supreme Court are the filing or appearance fee, the reasonable cost for any bond or irrevocable letter of credit, the prevailing party fee provided for under ORS 20.190 (Prevailing party fees), the printing, including the excerpt of record, required by rule of the court, postage for the filing or service of items that are required to be filed or served by law or court rule, and the transcript of testimony or other proceedings, when necessarily forming part of the record on appeal. [Amended by 1971 c.99 §1; 1977 c.290 §2; 1985 c.734 §13; 1987 c.314 §1; 1991 c.331 §7; 1997 c.389 §11; 2007 c.547 §6]

Notes of Decisions

When Costs Are Allowed

Court had discre­tion to award attorney fees under ORS 662.090 (Notice of hearing) even if no costs or disburse­ments were awarded to any party under this sec­tion. Louisiana-Pacific v. Lumber and Sawmill Workers, 299 Or 525, 704 P2d 104 (1985)

Prevailing on ap­peal, rather than commencing ap­peal, triggers right to court costs, because no right to court costs exists until party prevails. Fromme v. Fred Meyer, Inc., 306 Or 558, 761 P2d 515 (1988)

Court erred in awarding costs incurred in first ap­peal because that authority lies with appellate court, not trial court. Malot v. Hadley, 102 Or App 336, 794 P2d 833 (1990)

Plaintiff was entitled to award of costs under this sec­tion in ap­peal from award of damages under Anti-Price Discrimina­tion Law even though defendant obtained substantial reduc­tion of that award on ap­peal. Yamaha Store of Bend, Inc. v. Yamaha Motor Corp., 311 Or 88, 806 P2d 123 (1991)

Where court reverses summary judg­ment for defendant and remands for further pro­ceed­ings, plaintiff is entitled to costs and disburse­ments on ap­peal. Akins v. Bucyrus-Erie Co., 118 Or App 471, 848 P2d 124 (1993)

Authority to award costs and disburse­ments to respondent on denial for peti­tion for review is not authority to award attorney fees to respondent. Bolte and Bolte, 349 Or 289, 243 P3d 1187 (2010)

Items Recoverable

This sec­tion does not authorize recovery of costs of ap­peal bond. State ex rel Roberts v. Duco-Lam, Inc., 74 Or App 253, 702 P2d 78 (1985)

Prevailing party fee is available as part of costs incurred by state and chargeable to peti­tioner for post-con­vic­­tion relief. Schelin v. Maass, 147 Or App 351, 936 P2d 988 (1997), Sup Ct review denied


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 20—Attorney Fees; Costs and Disbursements, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors020.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 20, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano020.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
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