early december i received a summons to appear before the costs court in the supreme court of victoria on the 11th of february 2014.
the proceeding was initiated by the victorian government solicitors office (vgso), on behalf of the attorney-general’s office, for taxation of costs thrown away by reason of the abandonment of ground 3 in the case of magee v delaney, as justice kyrou ordered that i pay.
the attorney-general’s vgso minions kindly served me a letter with a great offer by attending a magistrates’ court hearing on the 20th of august.
they offered me the opportunity to pay the a-g’s costs at $15,000 up front by a certain date and they’d call it square — i couldn’t resist sending an honest assessment of the situation via email (sending non-conventional emails must be one of the few pleasures that remains for me, how sad):
i do not agree to quantification and payment of costs of $15,000 to be paid in full by 1st of october.
i do not have any money, i am currently unemployed (on disability support pension for depression), and continuing to cover over advertisements in much the same way that brought me to the supreme court in magee v delaney (as your office must be aware, delivering a letter to me by hand in the magistrates court).
perhaps your office will be intervening again when i take another case to the supreme court hoping to get a judge less openly hateful than justice kyrou, who ridiculously awarded these costs. if you proceed to taxation of costs and an enforcement of costs order you will only spend more money that will not be recovered.
i have no wages to garnish, and who knows, i might be in jail again soon.
if it ever came to it, i have no issues with declaring bankrupcy, apart from not wanting to bother with all the necessary bureaucracy.
i haven’t heard from the office of public prosecutions, whom i apparently owe the entire legal costs of their case — i guess they are a bit busier than you are at the victorian government solicitors office, or maybe they are just more experienced in the futility and wastefulness of trying to get blood from a stone.
i honestly couldn’t care less what you do from here on — i would be happy if you guys stopped bugging me, but i would also find it funny if you proceeded to waste more money in a vain attempt to extract money from me.
i’m in a win win situation, and i thought i was supposed to be a depressed loser.
i hope you have a lovely day bruce! (seriously, i bear no grudge against you personally, i guess someone is just pressuring you to do this anyway)
keep it legal,
so the a-g’s office decided to go ahead to taxation of costs (where they itemise and claim all the costs they are owed and have them officially signed off by a judge, or something like that) for reasons beyond my comprehension — perhaps because a-g also stands for absolute-goose.