The ability of people who have successfully defended charges brought against them by police in the Magistrates’ An independent body that hears legal claims brought by parties and decides between them. Serious cases are heard by a judge and jury, or just a judge. Less-serious cases are heard by a magistrate. to claim their legal The amount charged by a lawyer for legal work. Lawyers can only charge the amount agreed with the client in a costs agreement or the amount stated by a court in its rules. The party who loses a case usually has to pay all their own costs plus most of the costs reasonably incurred by the other side. See also indemnity costs. from the police is now much greater. This change came about in the High Court decision in the case of Latoudis v Casey  HCA 59.
The power to (1) A standard set of working conditions, including pay rates, for a particular industry. (2) A court decision that a party receive compensation, such as an award of damages to compensate them for physical injuries. costs in criminal matters in the Magistrates’ Court is contained in sections 400–403 of the CP A written law made by parliament. Also called an ‘Act of parliament’, ‘statute’ or legislation.. However, successful defendants A document that sets out what a person wants to happen to their money and other property after they die. probably still be unable to claim costs if they did not use the opportunity to explain their version of events before the (1) A statement giving the details of a crime an accused person is claimed to have committed. (2) A personal property security. (3) A judge’s directions to a jury at the end of a case. was laid. Because of this, suspects intending to exercise the right to say nothing when interviewed should at least take into account the fact that this means it is unlikely that they will be able to claim costs if they successfully defend all charges brought against them.
Generally, successful defendants in the County and Supreme Courts are unable to claim their costs. However, a costs order can be made against a A person or organisation directly involved in a court case. Parties include the plaintiff or applicant, the defendant, and any third party added to the action, but not independent witnesses. in those courts if the court is satisfied they were responsible for unreasonably prolonging the trial or the party failed to comply with pre-trial directions (s 404 CP Act).
If a legal practitioner in a criminal proceeding is found to have incurred costs improperly, or without reasonable cause, or caused Something that does lasting damage to land or alters the nature of the property so that it can no longer be used in the same way. by undue delay or An act that breaches a duty to take reasonable care and results in loss or damage to another person. See also tort., then a court may order the legal practitioner to pay those costs. This can include making a repayment to their client (s 410 CP Act).