Could Federal Court decision discourage pro-bono work?

 

Federal Court. Non-citizen won a judicial review application at FCCA and was awarded legal costs. As non-citizen was represented on a pro-bono basis (no win no fee), those costs would effectively be paid to his lawyers. However, Minister appealed FCCA's decision to FCA and applied for a stay order relating to that costs order. Should the court infer, based on the fact that the non-citizen was represented on a pro-bono basis and some other factors, that he would not have the money to pay the Minister's legal costs if the Minister is ultimately successful on appeal, in the absence of direct evidence regarding the non-citizen's financial position? If so, should that inference justify the grant of a stay order?

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