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By Shannan Kain

“Bill Of Court Costs”

Source: Territory Of Washington vs. M.R. Webb-Washington Territory-1864

Subject: Court Costs

Synopsis: “Bill of Court Costs” What follows is a transcription of a bill for court costs, I have been unable to determine what sometimes a fee for the justice (judge) is levied and other times there is no recorded fee. Bt today’s standard the fees seem quite reasonable. A handwritten folio produced by the court clerk costs only 20 cents. For the sake of illustration, let us say a folio was only two pages in length (one page I think would not constitute a folio). If the clerk wrote very quickly a folio could be produced in 30 minutes making their hourly worth 40 cents. Conversely, official documents came at a much higher price. A subpoena was $2.25 and a judgment cost $1.50

Territory of Washington
VS
M.R. Webb (unclear-something written under M.R.)


affidavit for warrant 0.50
Warrant 1.00
Subpoena for defendant 2.25
1 Continuance 0.50
swearing of witness 2.05
writing 23 folios @ 20 cents per folio 4.60
Judgement on Trial 1.50
satisfaction 0.50
Transcript of Docket and certificate 2.50
Certificate To Writing Evidence 1.00
Recognizance 1.00
$17.40
Recognizance to appear at District Court 1.00
18.40 Total $18.40