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Other costs orders

    (1)     In addition to any other power a court may have in relation to costs, a court may make any order as to costs it considers appropriate to further the overarching purpose.

    (2)     Without limiting subsection (1), the order may—

        (a)     make different awards of costs in relation to different parts of a proceeding or up to or from a specified stage of the proceeding;

        (b)     order that parties bear costs as specified proportions of costs;

        (c)     award a party costs in a specified sum or amount;

        (d)     fix or cap recoverable costs in advance.

S. 65C(2A) inserted by No. 15/2018 s. 8.

    (2A)     In making an order under subsection (1) to fix or cap recoverable costs in advance, the court may consider the following matters—

        (a)     the timing of the application;

        (b)     the complexity of the factual or legal issues raised in the proceeding;

        (c)     whether the party seeking the order claims damages or other form of financial compensation;

        (d)     whether the claim of the party seeking the order has a proper basis and is not frivolous or vexatious;

        (e)     the undesirability of the party seeking the order abandoning the proceeding if the order is not made;

        (f)     whether there is a public interest element to the proceeding;

        (g)     the costs likely to be incurred by the parties;

        (h)     whether the other party has been uncooperative or delayed the proceeding;

              (i)     the ability of the party seeking the order to pay costs;

        (j)     whether a significant number of members of the public may be affected by the outcome of the proceeding;

        (k)     whether the claim of the party seeking the order raises significant issues as to the interpretation and application of statutory provisions.

    (3)     An order under subsection (1) may be made—

        (a)     at any time in a proceeding;

        (b)     in relation to any aspect of a proceeding, including, but not limited to, any interlocutory proceeding.

S. 65D inserted by No. 62/2012 s. 6.

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