Assessment of costs awarded in the High Court and County Court

Cases transferred from other courts: Assessment of costs awarded in the High Court and County Court

Bills of costs in proceedings in the District Registries of the High Court and the County Court are frequently transferred to the SCCO either at the request of the parties or of the Court’s own initiative. This is likely to occur when a District Judge considers the size and complexity of the bill warrants such a transfer.

Specimen Order for Costs

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: Specimen forms of order

Appendix AD is a specimen order for costs against a claimant who is a legally aided party and also a specimen order for use by a Costs Judge or District Judge when determining the amount of costs payable by a legally aided party.

Statement of resources

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: Statement of resources

A “statement of resources” should set out the details of the financial resources and expectations of the maker of the statement and of his “partner” (the person with whom he or she lives as a couple). The resources of a partner are not treated as the legally aided party’s resources if the partner has a contrary interest in the proceedings.

Costs orders against legally aided parties and0or the Lord Chancellor - Costs of request

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: Costs of request

When dealing with the request, the court has a discretion as to whether the costs of the request or application are payable by one party to another, the amount of those costs and (if relevant) when they are to be paid.

Response by the Lord Chancellor

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: Response by the Lord Chancellor

The Lord Chancellor or his representative may appear at any hearing at which a costs order may be made against him.

procedure where a statement of resources by the legally aided party is filed

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: Further procedure where a statement of resources by the legally aided party is filed or is not required

When the legally aided party files a statement of resources the court will fix a hearing date and give the relevant parties at least 14 days’ notice. If the application is made only against the Lord Chancellor, the court may fix a hearing date at the time of issue of the request.

non compliance

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: Effect of non compliance by the legally aided party

If the legally aided party fails to file the statement of resources without good reason the court will determine his liability (and the full amount of costs if relevant) and need not hold an oral hearing for any such determination.

Response by the legally aided party

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: The response by the legally aided party

Within 21 days of being served with the application, the legally aided party must respond by filing a statement of resources (defined below) and serving a copy of it on the receiving party and where relevant the Lord Chancellor. The legally aided party may also, within the same time limit, file and serve written points disputing the bill of costs.

Application Notice

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: Form of request

A request for an order must be made in the appropriate court office and must be accompanied by:
(i) the receiving party’s bill of costs (unless the full costs have already been determined);
(ii) the receiving party’s statement of resources (defined below);
(iii) if the receiving party intends to seek costs against the Lord Chancellor, written notice to that effect.

An order for costs to which s26 of the Act applies may specify the amount of full costs and may specify the amount payable by the legally aided party

Costs orders against legally aided parties and/or the Lord Chancellor: Orders which a costs judge or district judge may subsequently make

An order for costs to which s26 of the Act applies may specify the amount of full costs and may specify the amount payable by the legally aided party. Where appropriate a request may be made to the District Judge or Costs Judge of the relevant court to determine: