If the plaintiff is discharged, the costs shall be assessed to the defendant, unless the defendant is an officer holding the plaintiff in custody under a commitment, or under other legal process, in which case the costs shall be assessed to the county. If the plaintiff's application is refused, the costs shall be assessed against the plaintiff, and, in the discretion of the court, against the person who filed the petition in the plaintiff's behalf.
However, where the plaintiff is confined in any state institution, and is discharged in habeas corpus proceedings, or where the habeas corpus proceedings fail and costs and fees cannot be collected from the person liable to pay the same, such costs and fees shall be paid by the county in which such state institution is located. The facts of such payment and the proceedings on which it is based, with a statement of the amount of fees or costs incurred, with approval in writing by the presiding judge appended to such statement or endorsed thereon, shall then be certified by the clerk of the district court under the seal of office to the state executive council. The executive council shall then review the proceedings and authorize reimbursement for all such fees and costs or such part thereof as the executive council shall find justified, and shall notify the director of revenue and finance to draw a warrant to such county treasurer on the state general fund for the amount authorized. The costs and fees referred to above shall include any award of fees made to a court appointed attorney representing an indigent party bringing the habeas corpus action.
[C97, § 4459; C24, 27, 31, 35, 39, § 12511; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 663.44]
86 Acts, ch 1237, § 40
Referred to in § 8.59, 602.8102(114), 822.1
Appropriation limited for fiscal years beginning July 1, 1993; see § 8.59
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