B.C. is recognized as a leader in improving access to a justice system that is more accessible, less complex and where disputes are resolved earlier and out of court.
The latest example of this is the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT), which began accepting early strata claims in summer 2016 and will start taking small claims cases in spring 2017.
The innovative CRT gives British Columbians and businesses convenient and cost-effective ways to resolve disputes and legal issues online and out of court.
- The CRT is Canada’s first online 24/7 tribunal.
- Once fully launched, it will be the world's only online tribunal to produce enforceable court orders.
- The CRT is expected to resolve about 1,000 condo disputes and divert as many as 11,000 small claims cases from courts each year.
- From July 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016, about 3,600 people interacted with the system and more than 200 files had been opened for strata claims.
- Before July 2016, the only forum for strata disputes was the B.C. Supreme Court, where a one-day trial can cost a represented litigant between $20,000 and $35,000.
- In Small Claims Court, cases generally take seven to 10 months to get a half-day trial and up to eight to 11 months for a two-day civil trial.
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