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Courts Act 1971

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50Crown Court rules relating to costs

(1)Crown Court rules may authorise the court to award costs and may regulate any matters relating to costs of proceedings in the Crown Court, and in particular may make provision as to—

(a)any discretion to award costs,

(b)the taxation of costs, or the fixing of a sum instead of directing a taxation, and as to the officer of the court or other person by whom costs are to be taxed,

(c)a right of appeal from any decision on the taxation of costs whether to a Taxing Master of the Supreme Court, or to any other officer or authority,

(d)the enforcement of an order for costs,

(e)the charges or expenses or other disbursements which are to be treated as costs for the purposes of the rules.

(2)The costs dealt with by rules under this section may, where an appeal is brought to the Crown Court from the decision of a magistrates' court, or from the decision of any other court or tribunal, include costs in the proceedings in that court or tribunal.

(3)Nothing in this section shall authorise the making of rules about the payment of costs out of central funds, whether under the Costs in Criminal Cases Act 1952 or otherwise, but rules under this section may make any such provision as is contained in section 48 above.

(4)Rules under this section may amend or repeal all or any of the provisions of section 48 above or of any other enactment passed before this Act about costs between party and party in criminal or other proceedings in the Crown Court.

(5)Rules under this section shall have effect subject to the provisions of section 41 of, and Schedule 9 to, the Administration of Justice Act 1970 (method of enforcing orders for costs).

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