The Treasury always pays the costs of a defence counsel in criminal proceedings before the court of first instance. The fee is based on the fixed rates determined by the courts. Consequently, the cost is the same, whether you use the defence counsel appointed by the court or you appoint your own defence counsel.
If you are acquitted, the Treasury always pays the legal costs. If you are convicted of all charges, you can expect to also be ordered to pay the costs of your own counsel. These are collected after the case has been closed by the police. If you are found guilty of only some of the charges, the court will decide the proportions of the costs to be paid by the convicted person and by the Treasury.
The guidelines on defence counsel fees can always be found on the courts' website. We always provide detailed information about legal costs based on the specific case.