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The Costs Court is a division of the Supreme Court of Victoria that deals with disputes pertaining to legal costs. Legal costs disputes can be either a:

  • Lawyer-Client Dispute: A dispute between a client and their lawyer over the amount charged to the client for providing legal services
  • Party-Party Dispute: A dispute over the amount of legal costs a successful party can recover from the unsuccessful party following a legal proceeding in any court or tribunal in Victoria

The process of an assessment or review of legal costs undertaken by the Costs Court is called a taxation.

To commence a proceeding in the Costs Court a Summons for Taxation must be issued.  A fee is payable at the time of issuing that Summons and further fees may be payable during the proceeding. A fee is required, unless you have a fee waiver.

Directions hearings

Lawyer-client matters, and any other matters deemed appropriate, are listed for a directions hearing. View details of upcoming directions hearings

Judges of the Costs Court

The Costs Court comprises of Associate Judges, a Judicial Registrar and two Costs Registrars.

Associate Judges

  • The Hon Associate Justice Efthim
  • The Hon Associate Justice Daly
  • The Hon Associate Justice Gardiner
  • The Hon Associate Justice Mukhtar
  • The Hon Associate Justice Ierodiaconou
  • The Hon Associate Justice Hetyey
  • The Hon Associate Justice Matthews
  • The Hon Associate Justice Irving
  • The Hon Associate Justice Steffensen
  • The Hon Associate Justice Barrett

Judicial Registrar

  • Judicial Registrar Conidi

Costs Registrars

  • Costs Registrar Walton
  • Costs Registrar Van den Berg

Contact details

Phone: +61 (03) 8600 2155
Email:  pbfgf.pbheg@fhcpbheg.ivp.tbi.nhua.vog.civ.truocpus@truoc.stsoc
Fax: +61 1300 040 223