Q: Can i add court costs into a civil lawsuit
A: The short answer is yes. Tennessee law provides that certain costs are paid by the responsible party in some cases. Generally, it is the custom of attorneys in Tennessee that the party deemed responsible for causing the harm will normally pay the court costs. The law also allows you to include coverage for court costs within your claim for damage, although it is usually very small in comparison to your other damages. There are other costs, called discretionary costs, which may be awarded, in the discretion of the trial judge after a case is over.
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