COSTS AND TAXATION
—(1) When awarding costs, the court may direct that the costs of any matter or application shall be taxed on the standard basis or on the indemnity basis, or it may fix a sum to be paid in lieu of taxed costs.
(2) Unless the court otherwise directs, the costs of an opposed application shall follow the event and shall be taxed on the standard basis.
(3) Where an action is brought against the Official Assignee or the trustee as representing the estate of the debtor, or where the Official Assignee or the trustee is made party to any proceedings on the application of any other party to the proceedings, he shall not be personally liable for costs.
246. Every order for payment of moneys or costs shall be sealed, signed by the Registrar and forthwith filed with the proceedings.
247. Except where a fixed sum has been awarded as costs, costs directed by any order to be paid or taxed shall be taxed on production of an office copy of the order and the allocatur duly stamped shall be signed and dated by the Registrar.
—(1) If a person whose costs, charges or expenses are to be taxed refuses or neglects when directed to do so to bring them in for taxation or to produce them for taxation, the Registrar may allow such sum as he thinks appropriate for such person’s costs or may assess them at a nominal figure.
(2) A solicitor who delays or impedes a taxation shall, unless the Registrar otherwise directs, forfeit the fees to which he would otherwise be entitled for drawing his bill of costs and for attending the taxation.
250. The solicitor in the matter of a bankruptcy petition presented by the debtor against himself shall, in his bill of costs, give credit for any sum or security received from the debtor as a deposit on account of the costs and expenses to be incurred in relation to the filing and prosecution of the petition, and the amount of any such deposit shall be noted by the Registrar on the allocatur issued for the costs.
251. Where a bill of costs is taxed under a special order of the court which directs that the costs are to be paid otherwise than out of the estate of the bankrupt, the Registrar shall note upon the allocatur by whom, or the manner in which, the costs are to be paid.
252. Upon completion of the taxation of any costs, charges or expenses, the Registrar shall forthwith file the bill with the proceedings and issue to the person presenting the bill for taxation his allocatur or certificate of taxation.
253. Where it is proved to the satisfaction of the Registrar that an allocatur or certificate of taxation has been lost or destroyed, he may issue a duplicate thereof.
254. Before taxing the costs or charges of any solicitor employed by a trustee, the Registrar shall require a copy of the authority sanctioning the employment of a solicitor.
—(1) Where under section 106(1) of the Act, the Sheriff is required to deliver property or the possession thereof to the Official Assignee or the trustee, as the case may be, the Sheriff shall, without delay, bring in his bill of costs to be taxed by the Registrar.
(2) Unless the bill referred to in paragraph (1) is brought in for taxation within one month from the date of delivery or within such longer period as the Official Assignee may allow, the Official Assignee or the trustee may decline to pay it.
—(1) If the Official Assignee or the trustee, as the case may be, in writing requires any costs which the Sheriff has deducted under section 106(4) of the Act to be taxed, the Sheriff shall, within 14 days from the date of the request, bring in the costs for taxation.
(2) The costs shall be taxed by the Registrar and any amount disallowed on taxation shall forthwith be paid over by the Sheriff to the Official Assignee or the trustee.
258. Upon receiving an appointment to tax a bill of costs, the person whose costs or charges are to be taxed shall give not less than 7 days’ notice of appointment to the Official Assignee or the trustee, as the case may be.
259. Where a party to, or person affected by, any proceeding desires to apply for an order that he be allowed his costs, or any part of his costs, incidental to the proceeding, and the application is not made at the time of the proceeding —
he shall serve notice of his intended application on the Official Assignee or the trustee, as the case may be;
the Official Assignee or the trustee may appear at the hearing of the application and object thereto; and
no costs of or incidental to the application shall be allowed to the applicant unless the court is satisfied that the application could not have been made at the time of the proceeding.
—(1) Where any costs, charges, fees or disbursements which are chargeable against the bankrupt’s estate have been taxed, the Official Assignee or the trustee, as the case may be, may require the taxation to be reviewed by a Judge.
(2) Where the Official Assignee or the trustee requires a taxation to be reviewed, he shall give notice to the person whose bill has been taxed of the time appointed for the review.
(3) If, upon the review of the taxation, the amount previously allowed on the bill is reduced, the amount disallowed shall, if the bill has been paid, be repaid to the Official Assignee or the trustee or other person entitled thereto.
(4) The person whose bill is reviewed shall be allowed such costs of and incidental to his appearance on the review as the Judge thinks proper, and such costs shall be paid out of the estate.
261. Where a creditor’s petition has been presented against the debtor and before it is heard the debtor files a petition on which a bankruptcy order is made, no costs shall be allowed to the debtor or his solicitor out of the estate, unless the court considers that the estate has benefited by the debtor’s conduct, or that in the special circumstances costs should be allowed.
262. In the case of a bankruptcy petition against a partnership, costs payable out of the estate incurred up to and inclusive of the bankruptcy order shall be apportioned between the joint and separate estates of the partners in such proportions as the Official Assignee or the trustee may determine.