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Tenth Circuit Miscellaneous Fees Increase Effective Nov. 1

Get ready to pay higher fees in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Judicial Conference of the United States recently approved increases to miscellaneous fees in the federal courts. The increased fee amounts will become effective on November 1.

Yes, it’s frustrating that the cost of practicing law is going up, but it has been eight years since the Judicial Conference last implemented an inflationary increase on miscellaneous fees. Here are the announced increases:

  • Record search $30 (currently $26)
  • Certification $11 (currently $9)
  • Copy of audio recording $30 (currently $26)
  • Record reproduction by the clerk's office $83 (currently $71)
  • Record retrieval $53 (currently $45)
  • Returned check fee $53 (currently $45)
  • Attorney admission fee $176 (currently $150)

The good news? The total attorney admission fee for the Tenth Circuit Bar will remain $200. The increase only affects the national portion of the fee, and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals is not increasing the total bar admission fee at this time.

The increase is expected to result in an estimated $10.5 million in additional fee revenue for fiscal year 2012. The new rates apply to miscellaneous fees transactions occurring on or after November 1, 2011.

For those of you who like to estimate your office budgets half-a-year in advance, the electronic public access (EPA) fee is also going up. The fee will increase from $0.08 to $0.10 per page on April 1, 2012. This is the first EPA fee increase since 2005. Local, state, and federal government agencies will be exempted from the increase for three years. Additionally, PACER users who do not accrue charges of more than $15 in a quarterly billing cycle will not be charged a fee.

For more updates on rules and fees in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, check out FindLaw's Tenth Circuit blog.

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