Oral Answers to Questions — Judicial Proceedings (Costs).

– in the House of Commons on 31st March 1925.

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Photo of Mr John Grace Mr John Grace , Wirral

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been directed to the costs entailed by protracted High Court proceedings, especially in the matter of counsels' fees; and whether the Government is prepared to bring in a Bill for the protection of litigants, with a view to restricting the amount of fees allowed for counsel on the taxation of the costs of a successful party to the sum of 50 guineas for every day a trial has lasted?

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

My attention has not infrequently been directed to the subject, but I do not contemplate attempting any legislation regarding it.

Photo of Mr John Grace Mr John Grace , Wirral

Does not the right hon. Gentleman take the view that the cheaper we make the administration of justice the greater will be the confidence of the community in our judicial system?

Photo of Mr William Joynson-Hicks Mr William Joynson-Hicks , Twickenham

I entirely agree, but the difficulty is that the brains of such eminent counsel are very dear.

Photo of Mr John Grace Mr John Grace , Wirral

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that no less than £30,000 has been spent in a recent case to decide whether a husband or a wife is telling the truth?

Photo of Mr John Whitley Mr John Whitley , Halifax

That is not the fault of the Home Secretary.