In brief: LCD consults on immunity against costs

The Lord Chancellor's Department has published a consultation document considering the provisions on awards of costs against magistrates and other officials such as coroners. The move follows a number of recent cases in which costs have been awarded against magistrates, and concern has been expressed that they could, in theory, be asked to pay. The Lord Chancellor, Lord Mackay, has expressed sympathy over the anxieties of magistrates and has said he is committed to finding a solution to the problem. The Magistrates Association passed a resolution calling for complete immunity against orders for costs against justices at its annual conference last year.