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County Court costs reviewed


Cite as: April 2012 86 (04) LIJ, p.15

Current issues in costs law were examined by presenters drawn from around Australia at the National Costs Lawyers Conference in Melbourne on 10 February.

About 90 people attended the conference which was presented by the LIV.

Highlights included addresses by Supreme Court of Victoria Judicial Registrar Meg Gourlay, and Federal Court of Australia Deputy District Registrar Tim Luxton.

The LIV manager of costing Penny Robertson said the conference was well organised and very informative, particularly Ms Gourlay’s presentation, which focused on the new County Court costs scale.

“There was a lot of discussion during lunch and breaks about Judicial Registrar Gourlay’s presentation,” Ms Robertson said.

“Of particular interest were some of the new items in the scale relating to review and consideration, delegation and supervision and collation, pagination and indexing. It was interesting to hear her talk about how these types of claims would be considered and applied in taxations of costs.”

Deputy District Registrar Luxton examined the new Federal Court costs scale in a session chaired by Supreme Court of Tasmania Deputy Registrar Robert Walker. The Federal Court Rules 2011 introduced significant changes in relation to the scale of costs.

Another speaker at the conference was Law Council of Australia president Cathy Gale. Ms Gale spoke on draft national legal profession legislation.

The aim of having speakers from various states and territories was to ensure attending practitioners learned from other jurisdictions.

As well as getting an interstate and national perspective, attendees heard addresses on ethics for costs lawyers, advocacy in the Costs Court, case law updates and recent issues.

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