1.0 This Practice Direction:
- discusses the meaning of the word “costs”
- explains that the Tribunal has no authority to award legal costs.
2.1 Costs means the money a party spends on a lawyer or a representative to prepare and attend a Tribunal hearing, including charges for expenses such as photocopying.
3.0 No Authority to Award Legal Costs
3.1 Parties who retain a representative, whether a lawyer or consultant, are responsible for paying the fees and expenses of that representative.
3.2 The Tribunal has no authority to award costs against another party under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act. See: Decision Nos. 99/91 A, 927/89, 1058/00.
3.3 The Tribunal may refund certain expenses related to a worker’s attendance at a hearing. See Practice Direction: Fees and Expenses on the Tribunal’s website for more information.
Effective date: July 1, 2014
Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal
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