Attorneys returning from their New Year’s revelry this week found that filing fees had once again gone up in Alameda County, with an $8 hike imposed on general jurisdiction civil cases driving filing costs up to $210.

But while attorneys are typically inclined to do a little griping at first wind of a fee increase, it may be a bit harder for them to complain this time around. This year’s increase was partly the result of an ongoing campaign by the bar and county administrators to raise money for courthouse child care for litigants.

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