Tong Tim Nui And Others v Hong Kong Housing Authority

CourtCourt of Appeal (Hong Kong)
Judgment Date27 September 1999
Judgement NumberCACV291/1998
Subject MatterCivil Appeal
CACV000291A/1998 TONG TIM NUI AND OTHERS v. HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY

CACV000291A/1998

CACV 281, 282, 283, 287, 288, 289,
290, 291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 315,
316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322,
323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329,
330, 331, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344
and 345/1998
CACV 27 and 28/1999
(Consolidated)

IN THE HIGH COURT OF THE

HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION

COURT OF APPEAL

CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 281, 282, 283, 287, 288, 289, 290,
291, 292, 293, 294, 295, 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320,
321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 331,
340, 341, 342, 343, 344 and 345 OF 1998
CIVIL APPEAL NOS. 27 and 28 OF 1999

(Consolidated)

(ON APPEAL FROM HCMP 114 OF 1998)

IN THE MATTER of the property known as Tiu Keng Leng Cottage at Site No. 25, Section No. 7 and Tiu Keng Leng Cottage at Site No. 131, Section No. 11, Tiu Keng Leng Cottage Area, Hong Kong

and

IN THE MATTER of compensation payable to residents of Tiu Keng Leng under the decision of Sears, J. in High Court Miscellaneous Proceedings No. 114 of 1998

BETWEEN
TONG TIM NUI and others Applicants
(Appellants)
AND
HONG KONG HOUSING AUTHORITY Respondent
(Respondent)

Coram : Godfrey, Mayo & Rogers, JJ.A.

Date of Hearing : 27 September 1999

Date of Judgment on costs : 27 September 1999

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JUDGMENT ON COSTS

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Godfrey, J.A. :

1. Miss Gladys Li, S.C., for the Hong Kong Housing Authority, has applied for an order for costs against the appellants, reminding us, correctly, that, as a general rule, costs follow the event and that, here, the event is that the appellants have failed and the Hong Kong Housing Authority has succeeded.

2. But, in our opinion, the extraordinary nature of this highly unusual case dictates a different conclusion. It seems to us that the acquiescence of the Hong Kong Housing Authority in the course taken by the judge below at various stages of the proceedings before him, and the failure of the Hong Kong Housing Authority to appeal against his original judgment, might fairly be considered to have encouraged the present appeals. The success of the Hong Kong Housing Authority is solely due to the view this court took of the judge's original judgment. Its success has been achieved despite, and not because, of its own arguments. The course...

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