Houses of the Oireachtas (Inquiries, Privileges and Procedures) Act 2013

Provisions supplementary to sections 57 and 58.

60.— (1) (a) An adjudication referred to in section 57 (3) or 58 (3) may only be made once a signed bill of costs has been delivered to the party to be charged with the costs and a certified true copy of that bill of costs has been given to the Oireachtas Commission.

(b) The delivery of a bill of costs referred to in paragraph (a) may be effected by ordinary prepaid post or by delivery to the solicitor of the person or, if the person is not represented by a solicitor, by ordinary prepaid post to the person’s dwelling or place of employment.

(2) In circumstances where due notice was given and the solicitor or other person, or his or her representative, fails to attend the adjudication, a parliamentary legal costs adjudicator may proceed to adjudicate on and settle the bill of costs.

(3) Pending adjudication, any proceedings brought to recover the private bill legal costs shall be stayed until such costs have been certified under section 61 .

(4) A parliamentary legal costs adjudicator shall, on completion of the assessment in accordance with the guidelines (if any) issued under section 56 , deliver to the parties an assessment of costs in writing.