The federal judiciary is arguing it shouldn’t have to pay an ex-public defender’s legal costs after a federal appeals court revived her sexual harassment lawsuit earlier this month.

Former public defender Caryn Strickland asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to order the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and other defendants to pay $1,571 for costs associated with producing her briefs and joint appendix. The AO objected, saying the panel didn’t discuss the allocation of costs between parties in its ruling, and that Strickland was not the prevailing party.