Does the Court have discretion to order double costs where an offer to settle has been made?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Pousette v Janssen, 2021 BCSC 1364 (CanLII):

This Court has the discretion to order double costs where an offer to settle has been made: SCFR 11-1(5)(c). Double costs orders are “a punitive measure against a litigant for that party’s failure, in all of the circumstances, to have accepted an offer to settle that should have been accepted”: Hartshorne v. Hartshorne, 2011 BCCA 29 at para. 25.

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