9 Nov 2016

Costs awarded to prisoner held in jail for too long

1:25 pm on 9 November 2016

The Supreme Court has awarded costs of more than $30,000 to a man who successfully argued that he had been held in prison for longer than he should have been.

In September the country's highest Court ruled the Corrections Department failed to factor in time spent on remand when calculating a release date for Michael Marino, who had been jailed for 22 months on domestic violence and other charges.

In today's judgement the Supreme Court has ruled that as Marino was legally aided, the costs should not exceed the amount approved by the Legal Services Commissioner.

Mr Marino has also made a High Court claim for compensation for false imprisonment, saying he suffered shock, distress and humiliation as a result of being held in prison for nearly four months longer than he should have been.

His claim also contained an alternative $60,000 claim for unlawful and arbitrary detention.

A hearing into Mr Marino's compensation bid will not be heard until next year.