CIVIL PROCEDURE - Appeal costs - Legal aid

Law360 Canada (July 6, 2023, 6:21 AM EDT) -- Motion by PJHR seeking financial assistance for the cost of preparation of transcript required for his appeal. PJHR was a self-represented litigant. He appealed a decision of a Supreme Court judge who heard an interim motion in relation to a family matter which addressed child support, supervised access and communication issues between the parties. The motion was relatively short, having taken less than a half day in court time. PJHR consistently alleged that the motions judge was biased against him at the hearing and as a result, all the hearing was required to be transcribed. He retained Island Confidential Associates which advised him that the cost of the transcript preparation would be approximately $600 plus tax. PJHR requested the court or “government” pay the third-party transcription service for the preparation of the transcript. In support of his position, he filed several documents and statements to prove his impecuniosity. He particularly stated that he incurred approximately $100,000 in legal fees because of continuous false claims made against him by SLR, outstanding legal fees balance of $61,689 and a monthly income of $3,989 after tax....
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