What considerations will the court consider when determining whether double costs are appropriate?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Ma v Haniak, 2018 BCSC 1000 (CanLII):

The considerations informing the court about whether double costs are appropriate were succinctly summarized in Gichuru v. York, 2012 BCSC 1385, as follows:

An award of double costs is “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 [Hartshorne].

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