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- A money award made by a court or tribunal for expenses in bringing or defending a legal proceeding or a step in a proceeding. Costs may also be ordered against a party, in favour of the other, for failing to follow the court's directions or instructions before or during a step in the case.
- Partial Indemnity Costs
- Costs awarded in civil matters against a party to pay some of the legal expenses incurred by the other party..
- Substantial Indemnity Costs
- Costs awarded in civil matters against a party to pay most, but not all, of the actual legal expenses incurred by the other party (e.g., lawyer's fees).