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  550.120.  Costs in change of venue — costs defined. — 1.  In any criminal or civil case in which a change of venue is taken from one county to any other county, and whenever a prisoner shall, for any cause, be confined in the jail of one county, such costs shall be paid by the county in which the case, indictment or information was originally instituted to the county in which the case is actually tried or where the prisoner is confined, except when such case is transferred for improper venue.  In all cases where fines are imposed upon conviction under such indictments or prosecutions, or penalties or forfeitures of penal bonds in criminal cases, are collected, by civil action or otherwise, payable to the county, such fines, penalties and forfeitures shall be paid into the treasury of the county where such indictment or information was originally found or such prosecution originally instituted, for the benefit of the public school fund of the county.

  2.  The term "costs" as used in this section means:

  (1)  All items, services and other matters defined as costs under any other provisions of law relating to criminal or civil procedures;

  (2)  All moneys expended as salaries of persons directly related to the care of criminal defendants, security of the court, security of the jury and the room and board thereof, transportation of the jury, security and room and board of witnesses, and the processing of the cause, paid or payable out of the county treasury to which venue has been changed;

  (3)  All expenses of whatever nature incurred by a county as the result of jury selection and service pursuant to the provisions of chapter 494;

  (4)  Any other expense directly related to the trial and prosecution of such criminal charge found necessary by the trial judge hearing the case.


(RSMo 1939 § 4241, A.L. 1989 H.B. 258, A.L. 2001 S.B. 267)

Prior revisions: 1929 § 3846; 1919 § 4189; 1909 § 5397


Change of venue, costs, generally, 545.620

Costs of commitment and support of prisoner when removed from county, 221.260

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