Balchin v South Western Magistrates’ Court: Admn 2008

The successful defendant had been refused the costs of paying his counsel.
Held: The assessor was wrong in asking himself whether the employment of counsel was necessary; that was the wrong test. The only issue was whether it was reasonable.


[2008] EWHC 3037 (Admin)


Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 16

Cited by:

CitedThe Law Society of England and Wales, Regina (on The Application of) v The Lord Chancellor Admn 15-Jun-2010
Costs restriction not made under Act
The respondent had introduced rules which restricted the levels of costs which might be awarded from central funds to a successful defendant in a criminal trial who had take private representation. The amendment was made under powers in the 1985 . .
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Magistrates, Costs

Updated: 15 May 2022; Ref: scu.416818