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LOCAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR BILL OF COSTS 1. You should complete the Itemized and Verified Bill of Costs form available on the Second Circuit's website at The form should be signed and verified. You should serve and file with the court an original and one (1) copy of the Bill of Costs form within fourteen (14) days after entry of judgment. Proof of service should be included with your submission to the court. Any filing beyond 14 days after entry of judgment must be accompanied by a motion for leave to file out of time. Any objection to a bill of costs must be filed within ten (10) business days after service of the bill of costs unless the court extends the time. Three (3) calendar days may be added if the bill of costs is served by mail. The following costs are taxable in the Court of Appeals: a. b. The filing fee if a judgment is reversed; and Actual costs of copies of briefs, appendices, and copies of records authorized by FRAP 30(f).




The court permits possible reimbursement for up to ten (10) copies of briefs plus two (2) copies of briefs served upon each separately represented party and up to ten (10) copies of the appendix plus one (1) copy of the appendix served upon each separately represented party (i.e., the number of copies required to be served in accordance with FRAP 30 and 31 and Second Circuit Local Rule 31). Reimbursement for any additional copies must be approved by the court. The rate for copies must not exceed that generally charged for such work in the area where the Clerk's Office is located and should encourage economical methods of copying. Pursuant to Second Circuit Local Rule 39, the cost of reproducing the necessary copies of appendices or record excerpts shall be taxed at a rate not to exceed $0.20 per page or at actual cost, whichever is less. Any costs for or against the United States, its agency, or officer will be permitted only if authorized by law. 5. When submitting the bill of costs to the court, you should attach the printer's bills which must include the minimum charge for a printer's unit of (a) a page, (b) a cover, (c) footlines by the line, and (d) an index and table of cases by the page. If a printer has a minimum printing requirement exceeding the number of copies for which reimbursable costs may be permitted, you should also attach a bill or other statement from the printer explicitly setting forth its printing requirement. Reimbursement for copy costs exceeding the acceptable amounts provided above due to a printer's minimum printing requirement is subject to approval by the Clerk of Court based on periodic surveys of printers. Your bill of costs and receipts attached thereto may not include items such as postage, delivery charges, service charges, paralegal time, overtime, or author's alterations.