Annual Report of the Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicators published
The Office of the Legal Costs Adjudicators continues apace, with great credit due to the Chief Legal Costs Adjudicator, Paul Behan and Adjudicator Barry Magee in their efforts to keep up with demand. In 2021, a record 874 applications for adjudication issued in the Office, a considerable increase on the 2019 figure of 313.
In 2021, there were 226 cases determined, over twice the 2020 figure. Data collated to the end of Q2 2022 suggests that this figure will be exceeded in 2022, with 145 cases determined by end June 2022. 164 Certificates of Determination issued by the end of Q2 2022 compared with 191 for the entirety of 2021. Of particular note is the average waiting from application for Adjudication to initial hearing date is currently 6 weeks, compared to 11 weeks in 2021.