PROCEDURE ON TAXATION
20. A party entitled to require any costs to be taxed must begin proceedings for the taxation of those costs by filing the bill of costs at the Registry within 12 months from the date on which the entire cause or matter is finally disposed of, including any appeals therefrom, unless the Court otherwise orders.
[S 75/2012 wef 01/03/2012]
21. Where proceedings for taxation have been duly begun in accordance with Rule 20, the Registrar shall give to the party beginning the proceedings not less than 14 days notice of the date and time appointed for taxation.
—(1) A party whose costs are to be taxed in any taxation proceedings must, within 2 days after receiving a notice of the date and time under Rule 21, send a copy of his bill of costs to every other party entitled to be heard in the proceedings.
(2) Notice need not be given to any party who has not entered an appearance or taken any part in the proceedings which gave rise to the taxation proceedings:
Provided that this paragraph shall not apply where an order for the taxation of a solicitor’s bill of costs made under the Legal Profession Act (Chapter 161), at the instance of the solicitor, gave rise to the taxation proceedings.
23. [Deleted by S 532/91]
—(1) Every bill of costs must set out in 3 separate sections the following:
work done in the cause or matter, except for taxation of costs;
work done for and in the taxation of costs; and
all disbursements made in the cause or matter.
(2) The costs claimed for paragraph (1)(a) and (b) shall be indicated as one global sum for each section, while the costs claimed for paragraph (1)(c) must set out the sum claimed for each item of disbursement.
(3) Every bill of costs must be headed in the cause or matter to which the bill relates, with the name of the party whose bill it is, and the judgment, direction or order under which the bill is to be taxed, the basis of taxation and whether the bill is to be taxed between party and party or solicitor and client.
(4) A bill of costs must be endorsed with the name or firm and business address of the solicitor whose bill it is.
—(1) If any party entitled to be heard in any taxation proceedings does not attend within a reasonable time after the time appointed for the taxation, the Registrar, if satisfied by affidavit or otherwise that the party had due notice of the date and time appointed, may proceed with the taxation.
(2) The Registrar by whom any taxation proceedings are being conducted may, if he thinks it necessary to do so, adjourn those proceedings from time to time.
—(1) Where any costs are to be paid out of a fund, the Registrar may give directions as to the parties who are entitled to attend on the taxation of those costs and may disallow the costs of attendance of any party not entitled to attend by virtue of the directions and whose attendance he considers unnecessary.
(2) Where the Court has directed that a solicitor’s bill of costs be taxed for the purpose of being paid out of a fund, the Registrar by whom the bill is being taxed may, if he thinks fit, adjourn the taxation for a reasonable period and direct the solicitor to send to any person having an interest in the fund a copy of the bill, or any party thereof, free of charge together with a letter containing the following information:
that the bill of costs, a copy of which or of part of which is sent with the letter has been referred to the Registrar for taxation;
that the taxation will take place at the Chambers of the Registrar;
the date and time appointed by the Registrar at which the taxation will be continued; and
such other information, if any, as the Registrar may direct.