SB 513
Repeals provisions requiring prosecutors to pay certain court costs
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Last Action:
3/29/2005 - Hearing Conducted S Judiciary and Civil & Criminal Jurisprudence Committee
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2005

Current Bill Summary

SB 513 - This act removes the provision from Section 545.050, RSMo, which states that if a defendant is acquitted or the prosecution fails, judgement shall be entered against such prosecutor for the costs.

Currently, with most trials, if the defendant is acquitted, the costs shall be paid by the county except when the prosecutor is adjudged to pay them or it is otherwise provided by law. This act repeals the provision stating that the prosecutor can be adjudged to pay the costs. Thus, leaving the statute to state that the county shall pay the costs if the defendant is acquitted.

This act also repeals Sections 550.050, 550.070, and 550.080, RSMo, which specify that the prosecutor is responsible for paying certain court costs.