Costs in a Civil Litigation Trial

Costs in a Civil Litigation Trial

Rob Ford recently discovered he would not be entitled to his costs for winning the appeal that saved his job.

Numerous comments on various forums suggest he is a sore loser and not a gracious winner etc. However, I think many of these folks are confused.

For a moment forget whether you like Rob Ford or not.

The civil justice system in Ontario when it comes to civil trials is very simple. The winner takes all, the loser loses all. Based on this system the loser can end up paying:

  • The other parties legal costs;
  • Their own legal costs; and
  • The actual lawsuit that was launched against them.

The stakes are set high with a view to forcing people to resolve the matter.

If Ford had lost the appeal he would have lost big! Apart from his job he would have had to pay his own lawyers and Paul Magder`s lawyers. The bill would not be chump change.

Interestingly, the Divisional Court ruled that the parties would be responsible for paying their own legal bill. The court goes on to provide an explanation for their decision.

You can read the highlights here: Mayor Rob Ford calls court costs decision ridiculous: ‘I won fair and square’

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Need a Slip and Fall Lawyer

Need a Slip and Fall Lawyer

I have talked about slip and falls on various occasions. First it`s important you speak with a slip and fall lawyer

Second, it`s important to keep in mind that not all slip and fall cases are worthy of compensation. There are a number of factors that come in to play when looking at a slip and fall case. Again, this is why it`s important to consult with a slip and fall lawyer  and not just any lawyer.

Third, some of the factors that can really make or break a case are legal liability and contributory negligence.

Feel free to browse some of my other posts about this topic:

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If you have been hurt as a result of a slip and fall call me a slip and fall lawyer in Mississauga.

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