1.By a Notice of Motion dated 2nd December, 2021 brought pursuant to the provisions of Section 3A of the Civil Procedure Act and Order 51 Rule 1 of the Civil Procedure Rules, 2010 the Applicant is seeking the following orders: -1.That judgment be and is hereby entered for the Applicant and decree be and is hereby issued for the taxed costs of Kshs. 82,950/= together with interest from the date of taxation.2.That the costs of this application be provided for.
2.The application is premised on the grounds appearing on its face together with the supporting affidavit sworn by Brian Munyao on the even date. A summary of the grounds and the averments is that upon conclusion of this matter, an Advocate-client bill of costs was filed, taxed and a certificate of taxation was issued on 19th October, 2021 in the sum of Kshs. 82,950/=. That the Respondent has refused to settle the taxed costs prompting this application. Thus, it is in the interest of justice that the application is allowed.
3.The Respondent did not file a response to the application despite being duly served.
Analysis And Determination
4.Having considered the application and the supporting affidavit, I find that the only issue for determination is whether the Applicant is entitled to the orders sought.
6.Paragraph 7 of the Advocates (Remuneration) Order, 1962 stipulates that: -
7.A certificate of costs once issued is final and conclusive evidence that taxation proceedings are complete. The Court may not enter judgment on a certificate of costs where the certificate has been set aside, varied or altered or the retainer is disputed. There is no evidence of a reference against the order of the taxing officer having been filed in this Court as per the provisions of Paragraph 11 of the Advocates (Remuneration) Order, 1962.
8.In the instant application, the Applicant filed an affidavit of service on 16th March, 2022 and averred that service of this application was done on 3rd March, 2022. That is when the claim for interest on the taxed costs is noted to have been raised with the Respondent as no proof was provided of the Respondent’s participation in the taxation proceedings.
9.Consequently, the Application dated 2nd of December is allowed in the following terms: -i.Judgment is hereby entered for the Applicant and decree is hereby issued for the taxed costs of Kshs. 82,950/= together with interest at 14% per annum from 3rd March, 2022.ii.I make no order for costs in regard to the application dated 2nd of December 2021.