The provincial government is on the hook for legal costs for two injunction hearings in connection with Victoria’s tent city case.
The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered the province to pay up to $55,000 to a law firm that represented homeless people living in the tent city.
That amount is just a portion of the work, valued at almost $250,000.
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Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson ruled against full payment of the claim.
Although he did award lawyer’s costs and disbursements at 1.5 times the estimated billing, which was worth around $45,000 combined.
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Two lawyers agreed to the pro-bono case, while the anti-poverty organization Together Against Poverty Society agreed to cover some costs.
A statement from the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services, which owns the courthouse property, says a final sum hasn’t been determined because the province is disputing some of the claimed fees.