oa De Rebus - Costs de bonis propriis: Attorneys and advocates, beware
|Article Title||Costs de bonis propriis: Attorneys and advocates, beware|
|© Publisher:||Law Society of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Law, University of Transkei.|
|Publication Date||Nov 1997|
|Pages||767 - 768|
|Keyword(s)||""Straight from the pocket"", Attorneys and advocates and Costs de bonis propriis|
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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