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Rule 354. Cost Bond or Deposit (1976)


(a) Unless excused by law, the appellant shall execute a bond payable to the appellee in the sum of $500.00 unless the court fixes a different amount upon motion of either party. If the bond is filed in the amount of $500.00 no approval by the court is necessary. The bond on appeal shall have sufficient surety and shall be conditioned that appellant shall prosecute his appeal or writ of error with effect, and shall pay all the costs which have accrued in the trial court and the cost of the statement of facts and transcript. Each surety shall give his post office address. Appellant may make the bond payable to the clerk instead of the appellee, and same shall inure to the use and benefit of the appellee and the officers of the court, and shall have the same force and effect as if it were payable to the appellee. In lieu of a bond, appellant may deposit with the clerk cash in an amount determined by the clerk to be sufficient to cover the estimated costs in the trial court and the cost of the statement of facts and transcript, less such sums as have been paid by appellant on the costs, and in that event the clerk shall file among the papers his certificate showing that the deposit has been made and copy same in the transcript, and this shall have the force and effect of an appeal bond. Upon motion of either party the court may increase or de­crease the amount of the bond or deposit required.

(b) Notification of the filing of the bond or certificate of deposit shall promptly be given by counsel for appellant by mailing a copy thereof to counsel of record of each party other than the appellant or, if a party is not represented by counsel, to the party at his last known address. Counsel shall note on each copy served the date on which the appeal bond was filed.

(c) When a bond for costs on appeal is not required by law, the appellant shall in lieu of a bond file a notice of appeal which shall be filed with the clerk, within thirty days after rendition of judgment or order overruling motion for new trial (or after such motion is overruled by operation of law). Such notice shall be sufficient if it state the number and style of the case, the court in which pending, and that appellant desires to appeal from the judgment or some designated portion thereof. Copy of the notice shall be mailed by counsel for appellant in the same manner as the mail­ing of copies of the appeal bond.

Amended by order of July 22, 1975, eff. Jan. 1, 1976: The rule eliminates bonds in double the amount of costs, authorizes a bond in fixed amount without approval by court, provides procedure for increase or decrease in amount of bond, requires appellant's counsel to mail copy of bond or certificate of cash deposit to opposing counsel of record, requires notice of appeal when a bond is not required.

Prior Amendments Future Amendments
Oct. 29, 1940, eff. Sept. 1, 1941 June 10, 1980, eff. Jan. 1, 1981
Sept. 20, 1941, eff. Dec. 31, 1941 Dec. 5, 1983, eff. April 1, 1984
Oct. 10, 1945,eff. Feb. 1, 1946 Repealed by order of April 10, 1986, eff. Sept. 1, 1986
Aug. 18, 1947, eff. Dec. 31, 1947  
March 19, 1957, eff. Sept. 1, 1957  
April 12, 1962, eff. Sept. 1, 1962