Kostov v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) (No 2) [2020] NSWCA 94 (18 May 2020) (Bell P)


Catchwords:


PROCEDURE – bias – application for disqualification for apprehended bias – where judge formerly retained by a particular law firm on behalf of a particular client – where client and law firm alleged to be involved in procurement of vexatious proceedings order – where no basis for allegation made out – consideration of principles concerning apparent bias in circumstances where judge formerly acted for a particular client or was retained by a particular law firm.

PROCEDURE – Vexatious Proceedings Act 2008 (NSW) – whether leave required prior to commencement of proceedings for judicial review – consequence of failing to obtain leave.

VEXATIOUS PROCEEDINGS – party subject to earlier vexatious proceedings order commencing judicial review proceedings in Court of Appeal – where leave to bring proceedings had not first been obtained – consequences of failure to obtain leave – proceedings taken to have been dismissed.