A court of the district court, court of appeals, or supreme court shall authorize the commencement, prosecution, or defense of a suit, action, proceeding, or appeal, whether civil or criminal, without the prepayment of fees, costs, or security upon a showing that the person is unable to pay such costs or give security. The person shall submit an affidavit stating the nature of the suit, action, proceeding, or appeal and the affiant's belief that there is an entitlement to redress. Such affidavit shall also include a brief financial statement showing the person's inability to pay costs, fees, or give security. Any authorization to proceed without prepayment of fees, costs, or security under this chapter may be made by the court without hearing. The filing of an affidavit to proceed without the prepayment of fees, costs, or security tolls the applicable statute of limitations. Upon the denial of an application and affidavit to proceed without the prepayment of fees, costs, or security, the person shall have the remainder of the limitations period in which to pay fees, costs, or give security. This section does not allow the deferral of the cost of a transcript.
86 Acts, ch 1088, § 1; 87 Acts, ch 115, §79
Referred to in § 610A.1
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