Regina v Clerk to Liverpool Magistrates’ Court Ex Parte McCormick; Regina v Same; Ex Parte Larkin: QBD 12 Jan 2001

For the purposes of a defendant reclaiming his costs, those costs were incurred where there was a contractual obligation on him to pay, and it was wrong for the court first to insist that he pay them, and then re-imburse him. It was not dependent upon issues about the likelihood of him ever paying. They might not be repayable where no burden was to be placed on the defendant to pay at all. The regulations requiring the payment of costs were inconsistent with the parent Act, and were ultra vires and void.


Times 12-Jan-2001


Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 16(6), Costs in Criminal Cases (General) Regulations 1986 (1986 No 1335), Costs in Criminal Cases (General) (Amendment) Regulations 1999 (1999 No 2096)

Magistrates, Costs, Criminal Practice

Updated: 09 April 2022; Ref: scu.86399