Can self represented or lay litigants be awarded costs in a personal injury action?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Smith v. Reynolds, 2021 ONSC 947 (CanLII):

Self- represented or lay litigants should only be awarded costs if they can demonstrate they devoted time and effort to do the work ordinarily done by a lawyer and as a result, they incurred an opportunity cost by forgoing remunerative activity. See: Fong v Chan, supra and Jordan v. Stewart, [2013] O.J. No. 3707.

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