ACCEPTABLE REASONS FOR DECLINING TO ORDER COSTS

A Crown Court could decline to order the costs of an acquitted defendant to be paid in a case in which it was sure that a defendant had perjured himself, or where the prosecution had been ambushed by the nature of a defence. However, in the absence of clear reasons for declining to order costs, the court overturned a Crown Court’s order that a defendant should not receive his costs.

[2012] EWHC 3879 (Admin)