oa De Rebus - Costs de bonis propriis: Attorneys and advocates, beware

Volume 1997, Issue 358
  • ISSN : 0250-0329



Costs de bonis propriis - that is, 'straight from the pocket"" (of the representative) - are awarded by the courts in deserving cases in our law. The expression comes from bona propria, meaning one's assets, one's own property. The issue of costs being awarded against the legal team - both advocate and attorney - was urged by counsel in the then Transkei Supreme Court case of Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa v Minister for Local Government, Eastern Cape and Others (Tk) 23-11-1995 (case 1685 unreported) heard at Umtata in November 1995. More on this case presently.

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