Can a self-represented litigant request a reduction in the amount of costs awarded by the Court of Appeal for performing the tasks that would normally have been performed by a lawyer?

Ontario, Canada


The following excerpt is from Conceicao v. Abraham, 2019 ONCJ 539 (CanLII):

A similar request was considered by the court in Browne v. Cerasa. Justice Fryer in addressing this point stated “If a self-represented litigant, in performing the tasks that would normally have been performed by a lawyer, lost the opportunity to earn income elsewhere, this may be a relevant factor. But costs for self-represented parties are not the same as damages for lost income. Remunerative loss is not a “condition precedent” to an award for costs.”

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