Legal costs in Courts of Appeal
The legal costs consist of a trial charge and the fees to the trial counsel and the witnesses.
Everyone should pay for the legal assistance that they may need themselves. If someone can not afford the necessary assistance, it may be provided to them partially or fully at the expense of the state. More information on legal aid paid for by the state is provided on the Legal Aid pages.
If a party wins the case, the opposing party usually compensates for the legal costs. If a party loses the case, he or she must usually compensate the winner of the case for the legal costs. Also recipients of legal aid must usually compensate the opposing party for the legal costs, if they lose their case in court.
A trial charge is not collected in criminal cases if the decision of a district court is amended to the advantage of the appellant.