THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SUPREME COURT
SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
IN THE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
IN THE MATTER OF CLAIM FOR ARREARS OF RENT AND RECOVERY OF POSSESSION OF RENTAL PREMISES SITUATE AT VILLA, ST. VINCENT
(through her lawful Attorney on Record
Ms. Vynnette Frederick for the Claimant
Mrs. Kay Bacchus-Baptiste for the Defendant
Ms. Michelle Fife appears in person
2021: 19th March
REASONS FOR DECISIONS
 On 19th March 2021, I delivered an oral decision on the sole issue in this matter as to the quantum of costs that should be awarded to the claimant on the mediation order that being the only issue that was not agreed to at mediation. At the delivery of the order of the court, the defendant who appeared in person on that day, (she being an attorney herself) her counsel having been absent requested that the court provide the reasons for the order delivered. These are the reasons for the decision as delivered.
 In order for the court to determine this issue, this court needs to look at the procedural history of the matter.
Procedural History/Chronological History
 i) Fixed date claim form filed for the payment of the sum of $37,000.00 and recovery of possession of the premises -13/8/2018
ii) Acknowledgement of service indicating that the defendant was defending the claim – 26/9/2018
iii) Application for judgment in default of defence – 3/10/2018
iv) Defence and counterclaim filed without an order of the court – 18/10/2018
v) Notice of acting – 23/1/2019
vi) Amended defence and counterclaim filed without leave – 27/3/2019
vii) Reply to defence and counterclaim – 10/4/2019
viii) Amended reply and defence to counterclaim-2/5/2019
ix) Application filed for an extension of time to filed the amended defence and counterclaim and for an order that it be deemed properly filed- 18/4/2019
x) Amended fixed date claim form filed for $41,000 and recovery of possession – 15/4/2019
xi) Matter referred to mediation – 2/5/2019
xii) Mediation undertaken – 5/6/2019: 1st session
xii) Mediation order extended – 27/9/2019
xiii) Mediation report outstanding – 17/1/2020
xiv) Mediation was to continue – 6/3/2020
xv) Agreement reached in mediation but no mediation report – 8/5/2020
xvi) Mediation report still outstanding – 29/5/2020
xvii) Mediation report outstanding for the remainder of 2020
xviii) Mediation report outstanding – 1/2/2021
xix) Court orders submissions on the costs payable – 12/2/2021
xx) Mediator passed away 8/3/2021 without producing report
 From the history it is clear, that the defendant up until the point when the parties agreed to attend mediation was contesting this claim by the claimant.
 The defendant maintained, in their submissions on the issue of costs that the matter having commenced as a fixed date claim form and relying on authorities from this jurisdiction that fixed costs were applicable in such an instance, and therefore submitted that fixed costs were due to the claimant.
 When this court considered the case law relied on, (even though not produced to the court for the court’s consideration) it is clear that where fixed costs were ordered, the matters proceeded as summary trials . Essentially it meant that these matters were undefended, and this court accepts that in those instances fixed costs would be applicable . This suit was not such an instance and there can be no hard and fast rule in this court’s mind that once a matter is commenced by fixed date claim form then fixed costs must follow. In fact this very court has made it clear that even where there has been a summary trial, if the conduct of the defendant during the proceedings cannot amount to an acceptance of the claim that the fixed costs regime does not apply.
 This court therefore accepts the considerations contained in the judgment of my brother Cottle J in the case of Vinciclean Floor Maintenance Services v St Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation where the learned judge was making a similar determination on the issue of costs on a mediation that prescribed costs should apply. That case did not divulge the position that had been taken by the defendant on the claim against them but in the case at bar, the defendant herein had vigorously defended the claim and in mediation (although the court has not seen the order or the agreement) has not succeeded on any part of her counterclaim.
 The court accepts that the mediation agreement is reflective of a compromise position but the claimant even having not obtained the entirety of her relief sought has been the party who was in fact successful.
 In the case of Orin Roberts v Financial and Regulatory Commission my former brother Ventose J considered the applicability of Part 65.5 CPR 2000 where there is a monetary claim and how the claim is valued in those circumstances. He made it clear that Part 65.5 CPR applies where there is a claim for either an unspecified claim or a specified claim once it is also coupled with other remedies and the value of the claim for the purposes of calculation of prescribed costs, is the sum for which the judgment was entered .
 This court agrees with this assessment. I find that fixed costs do not apply in the instant case this not being an undefended action or an action that amounts to a default judgment . In fact, this was a monetary claim coupled with a claim for recovery of possession. I therefore find that in the instant case prescribed costs would apply and as such, the calculation would be 15% of the sum awarded on the mediation. However, this court also considers that it is imperative for this court to encourage mediation and in the discretion of the court I therefore do not award the one hundred percent of the prescribed costs but rather the sum of $2000.00 to be paid as costs on the mediation.
Order of the court:
- Costs to the claimant on the mediation order in the sum of $2,000.00.
HIGH COURT JUDGE
By the Court