Can a court award double costs of all or some steps taken in a proceeding after the date of delivery or service of a formal offer to settle?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from Royal Bank of Canada v Westech Appraisal Services Ltd., 2018 BCSC 1602 (CanLII):

Rule 9-1(5)(b) grants the court discretion to award double costs of all or some of the steps taken in the proceeding after the date of delivery or service of a formal offer to settle. The purpose of the double costs rule was explained in Hartshorne v. Hartshorne, 2011 BCCA 29 at para. 25:

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