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02-4-2014 6:16 pm  #1

Costs hearing Hull Magistrates court Tuesday 8 April

I find that I must, yet again, make a long journey to the fine old city of Hull, this time to attend a “Costs hearing”. The hearing will, I believe, be presided over by a judge and, what is more, not any old judge, but a special judge known as a “Costs Judge”. I understand that the Home Office will be represented by counsel, while I shall, once again,be a hapless litigant in person. All this over a costs claim of about £550. Sledgehammers cracking nuts etc.I would be grateful for any advice from anyone who has experienced similar proceedings perhaps because of divorce etc. I have no experience in these matters probably because nobody would be insane enough to marry me in the first place. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/sad.png
Whatever happens, I am expecting that the blasted Cert 144 will be hung like a millstone around my neck.

Last edited by turbulentupstart (02-4-2014 7:31 pm)


02-4-2014 7:22 pm  #2

Re: Costs hearing Hull Magistrates court Tuesday 8 April

I cannot offer help or advice but I would like to wish you good luck and a favourable outcome.

Please ensure you do not divulge any  information which could identify you as Border Force may take your posts here and attempt to quote parts of them out of context in court in order to try to discredit you.


03-4-2014 5:56 am  #3

Re: Costs hearing Hull Magistrates court Tuesday 8 April



10-4-2014 3:45 am  #4

Re: Costs hearing Hull Magistrates court Tuesday 8 April

What was the outcome of your costs case hearing pls?


11-4-2014 8:12 pm  #5

Re: Costs hearing Hull Magistrates court Tuesday 8 April

Failed miserably I'm afraid. Everything exactly as predicted. Train was delayed by signalling problems and I arrived at court 15 mins late. By this time Home Office barrister had clearly squared the judge. He claimed to be bound by the judgement in the case of Amarvathi Perinpanathan (needless to say he is a Sri Lankan). Because of the Cert 144,  he could not award me any costs. A copy the Perinpanathan judgment  then landed next to me with a resounding thud.

Home Office counsel said she was in full agreement with the judge, but as a gesture of  goodwill http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png
they were prepared to offer £99 in respect of travel costs. The judge then said in effect, "take it or leave it".

Finally, I asked the judge if anyone could explain the reasonable grounds for the seizure, as I believed I was entitled to this information. He replied that, as the magistrates court is not a "court of record", they would remain for ever a mystery.

Looks like I'll be spending the next six months studying the Perinpanathan judgement http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/sad.png


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