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Committee (7th Day)

Part of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 1st February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat 4:15 pm, 1st February 2012

Actually, I cannot agree, because the Court of Appeal's decision was a kind of precedent and it has been followed. There have been arguments about what limits there should be on claimants-whether they should be like an NGO or otherwise-but it would be perfectly possible for a rule to be made by the Lord Chancellor expressly empowering the courts to apply protective costs orders on a more general basis. This was not just a one-off decision; it applied in a line of cases and has been developed since.