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Trooper Williams

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost was of the (a) prosecution and (b) defence of Trooper Williams in the High Court in April 2005. (128081)

Although there were no criminal hearings before the High Court in this case, I assume the reference to the High Court is to the abuse of process argument by the defence which was heard at the Royal Courts of Justice before Mrs. Justice Hallett on 21 to 23 February 2005. That defence application was dismissed. The CPS then considered the matter and at a hearing in April 2005 before the Crown court offered no evidence.

The total CPS costs in this case were £28,195.24. This breaks down as follows:

Leading Counsel, total fees (VAT inclusive)—£13,218.75;

Junior Counsel, total fees (VAT inclusive)—£12,613.62;

and a transcript of the application to dismiss abuse of process (VAT inclusive)—£2,362.87.

No witnesses were called and so no witness costs were incurred. The aforementioned figure does not include staff or running costs, which are attributable to the operation of the CPS as a whole and cannot be assessed on an individual case basis.

The costs incurred by the defence are not recorded by my Department.