In this case, the Mother was legally aided by an assigned solicitor by the Legal Aid Bureau. She contested a matter in Court against the Father who was presented by his own lawyers.

Generally, legally aided persons in Singapore need not pay costs to the other party even if they lose, unless one of the statutory exceptions apply.

In this case, the Mother lost the case. Because she was found to have acted improperly in defending the proceedings, she was liable for costs, and was ordered to pay $20,000 to the Father.

Summary: In rare cases, the Court can order a legally aided person to pay the legal costs of the winning party, especially if the former had acted improperly during the proceedings.

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