Costs Partially Awarded to Prisoner who Achieved Change in Visiting Rights through Proceedings

Kate Kelly BL, Decisis

May 9, 2022

Mulhall v Irish Prison Service [2022] IEHC 184 (High Court (General), Barr J, 30 March 2022)

The High Court, in a case concerning a claim for damages against the Prison Services, where visits with the applicant's son had been denied, but the claim for damages had subsequently been dropped when visits resumed, awarded costs on the basis that the applicant was partially successful in that she has secured a valuable entitlement, being the opportunity to have face-to-face visits with her son at a neutral venue; and the applicant is thus awarded 50% of her costs for her application for leave and 66% of costs for the full hearing of the case.

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