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Well, in case you didn’t hear today, as part of the Budget Act of 2010, certain filing fees will increase.  Each county will begin collection of the new fees at different times based on when they can update their systems.  These new fees will go into effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature on SB857, which is expected to be next week.

First appearance in an unlimited action by plaintiff(s) and each defendant will increase to $395. This fee increase applies to all types of filings in which the previous fee was $355 (civil, probate, family, etc.)

First appearance in a limited action ($10,000 up to $25,000) by plaintiff(s) and each defendant will increase to $370.

First appearance in a limited action (under $10,000) by plaintiff(s) and each defendant will increase to $220.

The above fees do not include the additional fees required for Unlawful Detainer filings (additional $15) or the surcharges imposed in Riverside County, San Bernardino County or the City and County of San Francisco.

Motion for Summary Judgment/Adjudication will increase to $500;
Application by counsel to appear Pro Hac Vice will increase to $500;
There will be an additional $3 penalty to every parking violation; and
There will be an additional increases in various criminal penalties and traffic fines.

Additionally, the Judicial Council is required to establish a fee for telephonic appearances on or before July 1, 2011 (separate from any fees paid to “Court Call” or other vendors).

To read more about the 2010 California budget, you can click here.

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