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|Case Number:||Miscellaneous Application 65 of 2018|
|Parties:||Gitau & Kaburu Advocates LLP v African Merchant Assurance Co.Ltd|
|Date Delivered:||05 Dec 2019|
|Court:||High Court at Nyeri|
|Citation:||Gitau and Kaburu Advocates LLP v African Merchant Assurance Co.Ltd  eKLR|
|Case Outcome:||Application allowed|
|Disclaimer:||The information contained in the above segment is not part of the judicial opinion delivered by the Court. The metadata has been prepared by Kenya Law as a guide in understanding the subject of the judicial opinion. Kenya Law makes no warranties as to the comprehensiveness or accuracy of the information|
REPUBLIC OF KENYA
IN THE HIGH COURT OF KENYA AT NYERI
MISC.APP.NO. 65 OF 2018
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADVOCATES ACT
GITAU & KABURU ADVOCATES LLP.......................................................APPLICANT
AFRICAN MERCHANT ASSURANCE CO.LTD....................................RESPONDENT
1. The Notice of Motion is dated the 27th September, 2019 and is brought under the provisions of Section 51 Rule 1 of the Civil Procedure and Advocates Act, and all the enabling provisions of the law; the applicant seeks the following orders;
(i) That this Honourable court be pleased to adopt the certificate of Taxation dated 20/05/2019 as an order of the court.
(ii) That judgment be entered in favour of the applicant against the respondent for the total sum of Kenya Shillings KShs.58,725/20
(iii) There be no order as to costs.
2. The application is premised on the grounds on the face of the application and on the Supporting Affidavit made on the same date by NAOMI NDUTA CHEGE ADVOCATE who deponed that the applicant had lodged its (6) Bill of Costs which was all allowed and taxed against the respondent in the total sum of KShs.58,725/20 and Certificate of Costs issued; that the respondent was duly served with the application and did not file a response to the same; and has failed and or neglected to make good any payment on the taxed costs; nor had it filed any reference;
3. As the application and the retainer were uncontested and no appeal has been filed or the Certificate of Costs set aside the applicant prayed that judgment be entered as prayed;
ISSUES FOR DETERMINATION
4. After reading the supporting affidavit filed herein this court finds only one issue for determination which is whether the conditions of Section 51(2) of the Advocates Act have been satisfied;
5. The applicable law is found at Section 51(2) of the Advocates Act which reads as follows;
“The certificate of the taxing officer by whom any bill has been taxed shall, unless it is set aside or altered by the court, be final as to the amount of the costs covered thereby, and the court may make such order in relation thereto as it thinks fit, including, in a case where the retainer is not disputed, an order that judgment be entered for the sum certified to be due with costs.”
6. This section gives this court the jurisdiction to enter judgment provided the Bill of Costs has been taxed and the taxing master has issued a Certificate of Costs; in this instance this has been done and the certificate has not been appealed against, set aside or altered; as noted from the court record that despite being duly served with the application the respondent had not filed any response stating that it disputed any retainer;
7. In the light of the above this court finds that from the material placed before it, that all the conditions as set out in Section 51(2) of the Act have been satisfied; and is satisfied that this a suitable case for it to exercise its discretion in favour of the applicant and therefore proceeds to enter judgment against the respondent for the certified sums; this court makes reference to the case of KTK Advocates vs Baringo County Government (2018) eKLR where it was held that when “…..the two conditions are satisfied the court has the discretion to enter judgment for the sum certified due with costs.”
FINDINGS AND DETERMINATION
8. In the light of the foregoing this court makes the following findings and determinations;
(i)This court finds that all the condition set down in Section 51(2) of the Advocates Act have been satisfied; the application is found to have merit and is hereby allowed;
(ii) Judgment be entered in favour of the applicant against the respondent for the total sum of KShs.58,725/=;
(iii) There shall be no order as to costs.
Dated, Signed and Delivered at Nyeri this 5th day of December, 2019.
HON. A. MSHILA