The state of Wisconsin may have to pay nearly $245,000 to six Capitol protesters to cover their legal expenses related to a lawsuit over their 2011 arrests, a judge ordered Monday.

Dane County Circuit Judge Frank Remington signed an order Monday that grants $244,406 in attorney fees and expenses to the six in their long-fought lawsuit against Capitol Police.

But under the order, payment of the judgment can’t be sought until after the state exhausts its appeals.

Remington made the ruling granting attorney fees after a hearing last week and signed the written order Monday.

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In June, Remington awarded the six a total of $44,830 for loss of liberty, emotional distress and damage to reputation.

They sued in November 2011 over a state administrative code that required a permit to hold a sign on state property, claiming it was unconstitutional. The state Department of Administration changed the policy in April 2013.

The citations were issued while the six protested Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s legislation that curtailed most collective bargaining rights of most public workers in Wisconsin. The citations were dismissed soon after they were issued.

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