Hi everyone, First-time poster here. I am wondering if making an application for costs is possible in a criminal case? Here is the situation. My partner was involved in a street scuffle whilst out drinking one night in March. Basically, he and all the males in a club were thrown out because someone (not associated with him or his mates) started a fight in there. My partner tried to get back in (which was stupid to do, he should have just left) but was refused entry and the police attended on the street. He was arrested for creating a disturbance, but one of the officers alleged that my partner punched him during the arrest, an allegation he outright refuted. He was formally charged with serious assault of a police officer under the Criminal Code. We tried to get the CCTV from the camera on the street but was refused as we were told it would be in the QP9. Fast forward a few weeks after securing (expensive) legal representation and the QP9, and the footage is not there. Instead, they had footage from the other officer's vest, which shows not only no contact between the (alleged) victim and my partner but a recording of the officer saying "I think he elbowed me... I don't know. I think i'll get him for assault. Take him down to the watchhouse". We asked again for the CCTV from the street and were told it was no longer available. It took two court appearances/adjournments for the police to accept our solicitor's submission that their evidence proved nothing for their case, and they offered to drop the charge to obstruction of police. Our solicitor has suggested we accept this result. I am just baffled that we have had to pay thousands of dollars for a lawyer to review footage that the police themselves included in their brief to point out that essentially their allegations were false and their evidence very weak. I am 5 months pregnant and this whole process has been extremely distressing for us emotionally and financially. This is money that could have been spent for our baby and has been wasted because the police were so lazy in their investigation but still bothered to pursue my partner. Would we be entitled to any compensation for our legal fees? Even part of? And how can this happen so easily without the police being held accountable?