Where success in a step in a case is divided, the court may exercise its discretion to apportion costs as appropriate (Rule 24(6)). The court may also in those circumstances award costs to the party who was more successful on an overall global basis (Boland v. Boland,  O.J. No. 1830 (O.C.J.)). Similarly, if the parties have reached a negotiated resolution of the issues in their case, costs can nonetheless be ordered if the court determines that one party was more successful overall than the other party (Johanns v. Fulford,  O.J. No. 4071 (S.C.J.)).
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