What is the test for awarding special costs in a criminal case?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Gill v. Bassi, 2016 BCSC 754 (CanLII):

The last three propositions do not necessarily or automatically flow from the first. Special costs are not awarded based on the acceptance or rejection of testimony. “If it were otherwise, instead of being an extraordinary measure, special costs could be imposed whenever credibility was in issue”: Grewal v. Sandhu, 2012 BCCA 26 at para. 107, leave to appeal ref’d 2012 CarswellBC 1815 (S.C.C.).

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