26 Sep '17, 3pm

Tan Cheng Bock need not pay S$30,000 legal cost to govt

IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST TO KNOW – FINAL UPDATE ON COURT CASE My case has finally concluded with no legal costs payable to the Government. At first, the Government wanted the Court to order $30,000 costs against me. But my lawyers vigorously resisted and argued for a “public interest cost order” instead. After reading our submissions, the Government changed their mind and consented to “no order as to costs”. What is a “public interest costs order”? In exceptional cases, the Court can spare an unsuccessful plaintiff, who has filed a legitimate complaint, from paying costs to a government defendant in a case of general importance and public interest. When my legal action started in April 2017, many cautioned “Don’t waste money. You will surely lose and pay the Government thousands of dollars in legal fees.” However, the Government’s dismissive attitude towards genuine answer-s...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2017/09/tan-cheng-bock-need-not-pay...

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