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Your Time is Worth the Same as a Lawyer's Time

With some exceptions, the successful party in a lawsuit in British Columbia is generally awarded costs for his or her legal fees and disbursements. This means that the losing party has to pay some of the winning party's lawyer's fees, as well as the expenses to do with photocopying, printing, serving documents, etc.

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Court fees

Parties in civil litigation are subject to certain mandatory fees payable to the registry of the court in which the action is commenced. Each jurisdiction within Canada has enacted legislation or regulations which authorize such fees. These fees are usually payable upon filing documents such as statements of claim, statements of defence or counterclaims, or upon bringing interlocutory applications or setting matters down for trial. Additionally, some jurisdictions charge parties for courtroom use.
The following table provides a brief overview of some of the fees associated with civil actions in the superior trial courts of each Canadian province or territory. Each jurisdiction has numerous other fees that may be payable depending on the nature of the action and the relief sought; this table merely provides an overview of the basic fees:
 
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SCC decision: January 19, 2007

Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada (Commissioner of Customs and Revenue), 2007 SCC 2
Click here to link to the full judgment.
(Advance costs / prima facie merit / impecuniosity)

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