What Types Of Cost Orders Are There?
Costs orders can be made by judges at interim and final hearings/trials or they can be automatic costs orders which are governed by statute and can be made automatically in certain situations.
A judge can make whatever order they see fit, but must exercise this discretion reasonably. They will normally give an explanation for the order made, however it may also be clear from what has taken place before. A judge can make 2 basic types of costs orders, namely interim costs orders and final cost orders.
A final costs order is one made at a final hearing or trial and is intended to deal conclusively with who should be paying the costs. All costs orders prior to this are interim orders and usually deal with which party will recover the costs of interim hearings/applications.