BC Proposes Online Dispute Resolution For Common Strata & Small Claims

May 10, 2012

Legislation was introduced earlier this week to develop an array of online dispute resolution tools that would allow British Columbians to solve common strata and small civil claims outside of court.

“If passed, the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act will create an independent tribunal offering 24/7 online dispute resolution tools to families and small business owners as a speedy and cost-effective alternative to going to court. The tribunal would address disputes by providing parties with information that may prevent disputes from growing and resolve disputes by consent or, where necessary, by an independent tribunal hearing. Resolving a dispute through the tribunal is expected to take about 60 days, compared to 12 to 18 months for small claims court.”

More detailed information is available from the Ministry of Justice; see also Bill 44: Civil Resolution Tribunal Act (first reading).

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