More about legal costs

Note the following about the legal costs that can and can’t be reimbursed.

Witness expenses

The ACB requires details of the nature of the evidence given, and the capacity in which the witness appeared.


Include interpreters’ fees for certificates granted by a court under sections 4, 10 and 16 of the AC Act.

Solicitor and counsel fees

In assessing solicitor and counsel costs, the ACB is guided by the circumstances of the particular case.


There is no limit to the amount payable under some of the most commonly used sections of the AC Act (ss 10, 14, 15, 16), but it should be noted that costs are subject to the ACB’s discretion in determining what costs are reasonably incurred. For example, the ACB can consider issues such as whether the seniority and number of counsel engaged were appropriate for the proceeding.