Can Court Costs Be Imposed Upon a Convicted Person In a Criminal Procescution ?
In State ex rel. Biros v. Logan, 11th Dist. No. 2003-T-0016, 2003 Ohio 5425, a prison inmate sought a writ of prohibition on the basis that the trial judge had exceeded his jurisdiction by ordering him to pay certain court costs.
In granting a motion to dismiss the prohibition claim, this court first noted that R.C. 2947.23 expressly provided for the imposition of court costs upon a convicted defendant in a criminal prosecution.
Based on this, we ultimately held that, at the very least, any lack of jurisdiction on the part of the trial court would certainly not be plain and unambiguous, and that the inmate had an adequate legal remedy through a direct appeal of the "court costs" judgment. Id., at P12.