Each day the Master so nominated for that day deals with any applications in matters not yet assigned to other Masters.
The Sitting Master is also available to give guidance on points of practice to the Judges of the Supreme Court and other courts throughout the country and (via his clerk) to any litigants or lawyers seeking his help.
Detailed assessment: interim costs certificate (prior to April 2013) [Archived] ARCHIVED: This Practice Note is based on provisions revoked on 1 April 2013. It is therefore for historical purposes only. Since the introduction of the Supreme Court the Supreme Court Costs Office is now known as the Senior Courts Costs Office. The accompanying guide has yet to be reissued and so is still known as the Supreme Court Costs Office Guide. When to apply The receiving party can apply for an interim costs certificate at any time after the request for detailed assessment has been filed. The court has the power to issue an interim costs certificate for such sum as it considers appropriate. The court can also amend or cancel an interim certificate at any time after the receiving party has filed a request for a detailed assessment hearing. When is an interim costs certificate appropriate? An interim certificate may be appropriate where: • there is concern that the paying party will dissipate their assets • the receiving party is suffering financial hardship Making the application The application should be made in accordance with Part 23. See Making an application. Listing the application The application should be listed before the authorised costs officer or Costs Judge to whom the case has been allocated. If it has been allocated to a Deputy Costs Judge, the application will be heard by the Sitting Master. What needs to be filed It is
Detailed assessment—interim and final costs certificates What is an interim costs certificate? An interim certificate is a certificate ordered by the court at any time after the receiving party has filed a request for a detailed assessment hearing. The model form for which is Form N257 (CPR PD 47, para 16.10). The interim certificate will include an order to pay the costs to which it relates, unless the court orders otherwise. Note: the court has complete discretion to issue an interim certificate for an appropriate sum. There is no requirement that any of the costs be assessed or agreed first. Application for an interim costs certificate An application for an interim costs certificate should be made in accordance with CPR 23 (CPR PD 47, para 15). For information on making applications generally, see: Making an application and service—overview. Filing and listing an application for an interim costs certificate The application must be made to the appropriate offices. See Practice Note: Detailed assessment—starting the process—The appropriate office for applications and requests. It is unclear as to whether the application should be with or without notice but it is likely that it can be dealt with on paper. You will need to file: • Form N244 • evidence to support the application. This should be contained either in the application notice or in a witness statement. It is suggested that the applicant should be realistic about the level of
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