Recent Cases

Hallaby v Harris [2020] NSWCA 12 (17 February 2020) (Basten JA; McCallum JA)


APPEAL – leave to appeal – judgment in supervisory jurisdiction – review of refusal to award costs of unsuccessful prosecution – applicant’s focus on decision under review, not judgment under appeal – need to show error in judgment under appeal – issues raised not subject of judgment under appeal – scope of judicial review where tribunal not satisfied of preconditions to power to award costs

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE – costs – defendant’s costs of unsuccessful prosecution for summary offence – whether magistrate erred in refusing to award costs – honest belief of prosecutor – whether prosecution initiated without reasonable cause – scope of Criminal Procedure Act 1986, s 214(1)(b), (d)