I see from the Herald yesterday that the Attorney-General is seeking $14,000 in costs from Bradley Ambrose after he made everyone jump through hoops so he could escape criminal charges:
Now, the Attorney-General has filed a memorandum in the High Court at Auckland seeking $13,669.45 in costs from Ambrose. Those costs include $3760 for hearing preparation costs and counsel fees; $5076 for general costs including researching and filing; $1377.70 for air travel and $278.52 for taxis.
Counsel for the Attorney-General, Sean Kinsler, said the Attorney-General consented to bringing Ambrose’s matter to a hearing just two days after it was filed in the High Court. That caused a “compressed timetable” and only two working days for the Crown to do the necessary pre-hearing work.
He said the total spent by the Attorney-General on the matter, up to the end of the hearing, was $23,442.95.
However, they were seeking what they believed was an appropriate and reasonable rate based on the work done and expenses incurred.
What! What is¬†appropriate¬†and reasonable is for the full costs that Ambrose caused through his actions in taking it to court are billed not some arbitrary amount.
The Attorney-General should be seeking the full amount.