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UNIFORM CIVIL PROCEDURE RULES 1999 - REG 361

Costs if offer by defendant

361 Costs if offer by defendant

(1) This rule applies if—
(a) the defendant makes an offer that is not accepted by the plaintiff and the plaintiff does not obtain an order that is more favourable to the plaintiff than the offer; and
(b) the court is satisfied that the defendant was at all material times willing and able to carry out what was proposed in the offer.
(2) Unless a party shows another order for costs is appropriate in the circumstances, the court must—
(a) order the defendant to pay the plaintiff’s costs, calculated on the standard basis, up to and including the day of service of the offer; and
(b) order the plaintiff to pay the defendant’s costs, calculated on the standard basis, after the day of service of the offer.
(3) However, if the defendant’s offer is served on the first day or a later day of the trial or hearing of the proceeding then, unless the court otherwise orders—
(a) the plaintiff is entitled to costs on the standard basis to the opening of the court on the next day of the trial; and
(b) the defendant is entitled to the defendant’s costs incurred after the opening of the court on that day on the indemnity basis.
(4) If the defendant makes more than 1 offer satisfying subrule (1) , the first of those offers is taken to be the only offer for this rule.



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