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Hammer of costs pounding down public interest litigation, critics say

Thursday, November 24, 2016 @ 7:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Advocates say the hammer of adverse costs wielded by Ottawa and the Federal Courts against public interest litigants impedes access to justice — including discouraging lone lawyers who altruistically try to hold the government’s feet to the constitutional fire.

Just ask Vancouver in-house counsel Aniz Alani, who faces paying a legal bill that could cost him his house after his failed personal court bid to make the prime minister fill long-delayed Senate vacancies (the case was declared moot last month due to the post-election change of...