Cachia v Hanes [1994] HCA 14

ON 13 APRIL 1994, the High Court of Australia delivered Cachia v Hanes [1994] HCA 14; (1994) 179 CLR 403; (1994) 120 ALR 385; (1994) 68 ALJR 374 (13 April 1994).

Costs recoverable from an unsuccessful party do not include time spent by a successful litigant who is not a lawyer.

Costs are recoverable under the indemnity principle: for money paid and liabilities incurred for professional legal services. No such costs are incurred when a non-lawyer represents themselves.

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/cth/HCA/1994/14.html

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