Civil Proceedings: Legal Costs

Justice written question – answered on 11th February 2009.

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Photo of Sylvia Hermon Sylvia Hermon UUP, North Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions wasted costs have been ordered against the Crown Prosecution Service in magistrates' courts in each of the last five years; and what the total costs awarded were.

Photo of Vera Baird Vera Baird Solicitor General, Attorney General's Office

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The following table provides a summary of the total number and value of costs awarded against the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in the last three financial years. Records for the preceding years are not available due to a change in the department's finance system.

The CPS does not record the jurisdiction of the court making the order and therefore cannot disaggregate costs orders made in magistrates courts from the figures in respect of all courts.

The CPS's records do not distinguish between awards made under section 19(1) of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 and regulation 3 of the Costs in Criminal Cases (General) Regulations 1986, which provides for awards of costs between parties, and those made under section 19A, which provides for the court to order costs, or decide it is not appropriate and disallow a legal or other representative from being liable for costs.

Costs awarded against the Crown Prosecution Service
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Value (£000) 154 403 752
Number 378 262 333

Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is comprehensive and correct but a full reconciliation against the original transactions has not been performed because of time and cost constraints.

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