1.By Notice of Motion Application dated November 3, 2022, the Applicant moved this court for orders:-I.That this Honourable Court be pleased to have the Certificate of Costs in respect of taxation order made on June 22, 2022 for the sum of Kenya Shillings Ninety Five Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Six (Kshs 95,886/=) adopted as Judgment and Decree of this court.II.Consequent to prayer (I) hereinabove, the Court be pleased to charge interest on the taxed amount at the rate of 14% per annum from the date of service of the bill of costs that is from the 28th day of February 2022, until payment in full.III.Costs of this Application be borne by the Respondent/Client.IV.Such further and/or other orders be made as the court may deem fit and expedient.
2.The Application was brought under Section 51(2) of the Advocate’s Act Cap 16 Laws of Kenya, Sections 1A, 1B of the Civil Procedure Act and was anchored on the grounds on the face of the Application and on the Supporting Affidavit sworn by Ouma Maurice Otieno Advocate on November 3, 2022.
3.The Applicant stated that a Bill of Costs with respect to the advocate-client costs was taxed and allowed at a sum of Kshs 95,886/= all inclusive and a Certificate of Costs was issued. That the said Certificate of Costs had not been challenged neither had it been set aside.
4.It was the Applicant’s case that he was entitled to interest on costs and disbursement at the rate of 14% per annum since the date of filing the bill of costs as contemplated under Rule 7 of the Advocates Remuneration Rules. That the Bill of Costs had not been paid or settled in full hence the claim for interest was merited.
5.In his submissions dated November 21, 2022, the Applicant submitted that the Certificate of Costs issued on October 25, 2022 had not been set aside and that there had been no Reference challenging the taxing master. He relied on Otieno, Ragot & Company Advocates vs Kenya Airports Authority (2021) eKLR.
7.The Application remained unopposed despite service. There is an Affidavit of Service dated January 17, 2023 on record sworn by Ouma Maurice Otieno showing that the Respondent was served with the present Application on December 13, 2022 through Fargo Courier Services.
8.I have considered the Notice of Motion Application dated November 3, 2022 and Applicant’s Written Submissions dated November 21, 2022 and the only issue for my determination was whether the Certificate of Taxation dated October 25, 2022 should be adopted as the Judgment of this court.
10.It is clear that the amount contained in the Certificate of Taxation is final and that this court has the power to enter Judgment for the taxed amount. There is no evidence to show that the Certificate of Taxation had been altered or set aside.
13.The above provision is clear that interest can be charged by an Applicant one month after the Bill of Costs has been served to the Respondent. There is an Affidavit of Service on record dated March 1, 2022 and sworn by the Applicant indicating that the Respondent was served with the Bill of Costs on February 28, 2022. The Applicant opined that he had not been paid. This may very well be true. However, the issue of costs was supposed to be ventilated before the taxing officer as the role of this court is limited to adopting the Certificate of Taxation unless there was a Reference.
14.In the end, I proceed to adopt the Certificate of Taxation dated October 25, 2022 for the amount of Kshs 95,886/= all inclusive as the Judgment of this court. The amount stated in the Certificate shall attract interest at 14% per annum from the date of the issuance of the Certificate of Taxation being October 25, 2022.