Recent Cases

Dempsey v Director of Public Prosecutions [2019] NSWCA 267 (06 November 2019) (Meagher JA at [1]; White JA at [2]; Emmett AJA at [3])


COSTS – Order for payment of professional costs under Criminal Procedure Act 1986 (NSW), s 213 to be “just and reasonable” – Order for costs under Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 (NSW), s 28 to be “just”

PROCEDURAL FAIRNESS – Primary judge failed to inform applicant that summary nature of the proceedings and fact that a party is not entitled to recover all of its costs would be taken into account – Whether this constitutes denial of procedural fairness

JUDICIAL REVIEW – Whether exercise of discretion by primary judge to reduce costs by 30% constituted jurisdictional error – Whether any difference between “fair and reasonable” and “just and reasonable” – Whether primary judge addressed wrong question such that jurisdiction conferred by the provision was not properly exercised