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County Court (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1996

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Ordinary civil bills — title jurisdiction

Table 5:

Defendant’s Costs

ValuationSolicitor’s costsCounsel’s fee
(1)(2)(3)
1.

To be calculated according to the valuation of the lands of the plaintiff or defendant, as the Judge may direct.

2.

Counsel travelling to attend a court—

(a)

20 to 50 miles from the Head Post Office, Belfast, is entitled to an additional sum of £16·60;

(b)

more than 50 miles from the Head Post Office, Belfast, is entitled to an additional sum of £33·24.

Solicitor travelling to attend a court—

(a)

20 to 50 miles from the solicitor’s office or, where the solicitor’s firm practises from more than one office, from the office which dealt with the proceedings is entitled to an additional sum of £16·60;

(b)

more than 50 miles from the solicitor’s office or, where the solicitor’s firm practises from more than one office, from the office which dealt with the proceedings is entitled to an additional sum of £33·24.

Where a solicitor or counsel has conducted more than one case on the same day at the same venue, this fee may be claimed once only and the fee shall be divided proportionately over the number of cases conducted by the solicitor or counsel.

3.

For drafting a reply to a notice for further particulars, the solicitor or counsel, as the case may be, is entitled to an additional sum of £19·47. This item is only to be allowed against the other party in actions where the annual value of the land exceeds £300 and the allowance is recorded in the court minute book.

4.

For each day or part of a day on which a trial or hearing is continued after the first day—

(a)

counsel is entitled to an additional sum equivalent to one third of the scale fee;

(b)

a solicitor in attendance is entitled to an additional sum equivalent to one third of counsel’s scale fee.

(i)not exceeding £500

£245·00£133·00

(ii)exceeding £500

£345·00£200·00

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