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Law/Patents - Law (general) / Procesal
|Spanish term or phrase: Beneficio de litigar sin gastos|
|Es un expediente paralelo al principal, en el que se solicita el beneficio de estar exento de pagar las costas.|
|Waiver of Court Fees and Costs|
Es necesario obtener primero la declaración de hallarse en estado de indigencia.
En algunas cortes se aplica BASIC CIVIL LEGAL SERVICES FOR INDIGENTS con un costo mínimo.
En ambos casos, si se trata de reclamaciones dinerarias, y el demandante obtiene dinero, se le descontarán los gastos del dinero obtenido.
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right to proceed in forma pauperis
Under certain circumstances parties may be granted "beneficio de litigar sin gastos" (formerly known in Spain as "beneficio de justicia gratuita"). In English legal terminology this is called "to proceed in forma pauperis", defined in Black's Law Dictionary (6th, p. 779) as "permission given to a poor person to proceed without liability for court fees or costs."
In forma pauperis is a legal term derived from the Latin phrase in the form of a pauper. In the United States, the designation is given by both state and federal courts to someone who is without the funds to pursue the normal costs of a lawsuit or a criminal defense. It is usually granted by a judge without a hearing and it entitles the person to a waiver of normal costs, and sometimes in criminal cases the appointment of counsel. Normal costs such as filing fees are waived but discovery costs like depositions and witness fees are not.
The general wording for "solicitud de beneficio de litigar sin gastos" is "application to proceed in forma pauperis" (12,800 hits in Google) or "motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis" (65,600 hits in Google").
Note added at 3 hrs (2006-08-15 18:39:21 GMT) Post-grading
Not only judges, but also lawyers in their petitions and motions apply for "leave (permission) to proceed in forma pauperis." Moreover, if you Google "application to proceed in forma pauperis" you will see (literally) hundreds of forms called "Application to Proceed in Forma Pauperis" to be used by ordinary citizens acting before the court without a lawyer (called "proceeding pro se") when they request to be exempted from paying court fees.
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|Notes to answerer|
|Asker: Muchas gracias por el dato! Me parece muy útil el término para cuando el juez contesta el petitorio. Sin embargo, para el escrito mismo, me parece mejor "waiver of Court Fees and Costs".|
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