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B.C.’s top court orders mom to pay for trial costs in alarming family justice case

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VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A Vancouver father at the centre of one of the most disturbing family justice cases in Canadian history is going to get some of his legal costs covered.

But the BC Court of Appeal has rejected the dad’s bid to get his ex-wife’s lawyer to pay special costs himself.

The original case garnered national attention back in 2012 after a lower court ruled the father had sexually abused his four kids and that B.C. government social workers had allowed it to happen.

But those decisions were tossed out last year because the mother’s lawyer had relied on an expert who had bogus online credentials.

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In Monday’s ruling, B.C.’s top court says the expert – Claire Reeves – deceived the mother’s lawyer and the trial judge.

But still, it ordered the mother to have to pay for costs associated with the civil trial at a higher rate.

Costs for the family trial will be decided by the judge hearing the new family trial, which hasn’t been set yet.