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Subject: Rule 67 - Rules of Civil Procedure - Rules Governing Civil Procedure in the Circuit Courts - Dismissal of Civil Actions Publication / Adopted Date:January 19, 1973
Topic:Voluntary Dismissal - Effect ofRevised / Effective Date:January 1, 2007

67.02. Voluntary Dismissal - Effect of

(a) Except as provided in Rule 52, a civil action may be dismissed by the plaintiff without order of the court anytime:
A party who once so dismisses a civil action and thereafter files another civil action upon the same claim shall be allowed to dismiss the same without prejudice only:
(b) Except as provided in Rule 67.02(a), an action shall not be dismissed at the plaintiff's instance except upon order of the court upon such terms and conditions as the court deems proper.

(c) A voluntary dismissal under Rule 67.02(a) shall be without prejudice unless otherwise specfied by the plaintiff. Any other voluntary dismissal shall be without prejudice unless otherwise specified by the court or the parties to the dismissal.

(d) If a plaintiff who has once dismissed a civil action in any court commences a civil action based upon or including the same claim against the same defendant, the court may make an order for the payment of any unpaid costs of the civil action previously dismissed. In addition, if the plaintiff dismissed the previous civil action without prejudice within ten days of the date set for trial, the court may make an order for the payment of witness and other expenses, not including attorney fees, incurred by any other party that are caused to be incurred for the second trial because of the dismissal without prejudice of the previous civil action. The court may stay the proceedings in the civil action until the plaintiff has complied with any such order.

(June 27, 2006, eff. Jan. 1, 2007.)