Review: Criminal Costs Including Legal Aid

Date01 October 1965
DOI10.1177/002201836502900409
Published date01 October 1965
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THE
JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW
the grateful
but
unsuspecting owner will express his gratitude
in a monetary fashion.
There
is no question here of the goods
not reverting to the owner except by sale; the taker's intention
is that they should revert to him unconditionally. Obtaining
the reward by false pretences would seem to be a better charge.
Review
CRIMINAL
COSTS
INCLUDING
LEGAL
AID,
by Graham J. Graham-
Green,
T.D.,
in consultation with E. J.
T.
Matthews,
T.D.
Butterworth's.
45s. net.
As set
out
in the Preface this book has two
objects-a
comprehensive
survey of the power of courts to award costs in criminal cases, and a descrip-
tion of the powers of the courts with regard to the grant of legal aid in such
cases, with details of how legal aid is obtained and of the remuneration of
counsel and solicitors.
The
Lord Chief Justice has written acommendatory foreword.
Mr. Graham-Green and Mr. Matthews are Masters of
the
Supreme
Court and the latter
also
had much relevant experience as Secretary of
the
Law Society for contentious business.
It
is to be expected, therefore, that a
book from such sources will be eminently practical, and that it is.
The
powers to grant legal aid possessed by every court dealing with
criminal proceedings are set out court by court, from the magistrates' court
to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, and a special section gives in
clear terms the general principles relating to the grant of legal aid in all courts.
The
award of costs inter partesor out of public funds and the methods of
recovering them are fully dealt with and there are valuable sections on
assessment by Area Committees and on taxation of costs.
The
book concludes
with reprints of the relevant Statutes and Statutory Instruments.
As Lord Parker states in the foreword:
"This
book may be regarded as
the
first comprehensive and detailed exposition on the subject of costs and
legal aid in criminal proceedings.
In
this respect it should prove itself
indispensable to the practising lawyer and above all to the courts which
administer the criminal law."

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