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B.C. Reg. 169/2009
O.C. 303/2009
Deposited July 7, 2009
effective July 1, 2010
This consolidation is current to October 17, 2017.
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Court Rules Act

Supreme Court Family Rules

[includes amendments up to B.C. Reg. 4/2016, July 1, 2016]

Appendix B — Costs

Scale of costs

1  (1) If a court has made an order for costs, it may determine if the family law case involves less than ordinary difficulty, ordinary difficulty or more than ordinary difficulty.

(2) If the difficulty involved in a family law case has not been determined under subsection (1), costs must be assessed under subsection (4) as if the family law case involved ordinary difficulty.

(3) Unless the court otherwise orders or the parties otherwise agree, if an offer to settle is made under Rule 11-1, any costs payable on acceptance of that offer must be assessed as if the family law case involved ordinary difficulty.

(4) After the difficulty involved in a family law case has been determined, a registrar must assess the costs in accordance with the Schedule.

Apportionment if proceedings tried together

2  If 2 or more family law cases have, by order, been tried at the same time or tried one after the other and no order has been made as to apportionment of costs, the registrar may

(a) assess 2 or more bills as one bill,

(b) allow an item once or more than once, or

(c) apportion the costs of an item or of the whole bill between the family law cases.

Transitional — orders, settlements and costs before 2007

3  Appendix B of the Supreme Court Rules, B.C. Reg. 221/90, as it read on December 31, 2006, applies to

(a) orders for costs made in a family law case before January 1, 2007,

(b) settlements reached in a family law case before January 1, 2007 under which payment of assessed costs is agreed to,

(c) costs payable on acceptance of an offer to settle made in a family law case under Rule 37, if that offer to settle was made before January 1, 2007, and

(d) all assessments related to those orders, settlements and costs.

Transitional — orders, settlements and costs before 2010

4  Without limiting section 3, Appendix B of the Supreme Court Rules, B.C. Reg. 221/90, as it read on June 30, 2010, applies to

(a) orders for costs made in a family law case after December 31, 2006 and before July 1, 2010,

(b) settlements reached in a family law case after December 31, 2006 and before July 1, 2010 under which payment of assessed costs is agreed to,

(c) costs payable on acceptance of an offer to settle made in a family law case under Rule 37 or 37B, if that offer to settle was made after December 31, 2006 and before July 1, 2010, and

(d) all assessments related to those orders, settlements and costs.

Schedule

ItemDescriptionCosts ($) 
1Correspondence, conferences, instructions, investigations or negotiations and preparation, filing and service of notice of family claim, response to family claim, counterclaim or response to counterclaimIf the family law case involves
   less than ordinary difficulty
   ordinary difficulty
   more than ordinary difficulty

1 000
3 000
5 000
2Process for discovery and inspection of documentsIf the family law case involves
   less than ordinary difficulty
   ordinary difficulty
   more than ordinary difficulty

750
2 000
5 000
3Preparation for and attendance at each examination for discovery1 000 for each day or part of a day of examination for discovery
4Preparation for and attendance at each contested application1 000 for each half day of attendance
5Preparation for and attendance at each judicial case conference or settlement conference1 000 for each half day of attendance
6Preparation for and attendance at each uncontested application or trial management conference500
7Preparation for and attendance at trial of family law case or of an issue in a family law case2 000 per day for each day or part of a day of trial up to 5 days, and 3 000 for each additional day or part of a day of trial
8Preparation for and attendance at each examination in aid of execution and subpoena to debtor250
9All process not otherwise provided for relating to execution on or enforcement of an order250

Contents | Parts 1 to 9 | Parts 10 to 14 | Parts 15 to 23 | Appendix A | Appendix B | Appendix C