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Labour Relations Act, 1995 (Act No. 66 of 1995)

Rules for the Conduct of Proceedings in the Labour Court

25. Taxation



1) The registrar may perform the functions and duties of a taxing master or appoint any person as taxing master who is in the registrar's opinion fit to perform the functions and duties as are assigned to or imposed on a taxing master by these rules, on such terms and for such period as may be determined.


2) The taxing master is empowered to tax any bill of costs for services actually rendered in connection with proceedings in the court.


3) At the taxation of any bill of costs, the taxing master may call for any book, document, paper or account that in the taxing master's opinion is necessary to determine properly any matter arising from the taxation.


4) The taxing master must not proceed to the taxation of any bill of costs unless the taxing master has been satisfied by the party requesting the taxation (if that party is not the party liable to pay the bill) that the party liable to pay the bill has received due notice as to the time and place of the taxation and of that party's entitlement to be present at the taxation.


5) Despite subrule (4), notice need not be given to a party—
a) who failed to appear at the hearing either in person or through a representative; or
b) who consented in writing to the taxation taking place in that party's absence.


6) Any decision by a taxing master is subject to the review of the court on application.