Re Somaia (Lord Chancellor intervening)

Criminal law – Costs. Section 17 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 was not intended to apply to civil proceedings in the High Court, even if they were consequential on criminal proceedings. Accordingly, the Queen's Bench Division set aside its previous order, holding that the private prosecutor was entitled to be paid out of central funds both his own costs as prosecutor and the costs he had been ordered to pay.

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