One of the commitments made in Part 2 of the provincial government’s White Paper on Justice Reform was to appoint a chair and invest in technology for the forthcoming online dispute resolution tribunal, sometime in 2013.
Dubbed “Canada’s first-ever online tribunal that will help citizens resolve strata and small claim disputes”, legislation to establish the tribunal was passed in May 2012. Now the government is putting an action plan into place to bring the tribunal to fruition.
The chair of the tribunal, Cheryl Vickers, was announced last Friday. Of the appointment, Minister of Justice and AG Shirley Bond said,
“Cheryl Vickers brings a wealth of experience and expertise working with tribunals to this position. We’re very pleased she will initiate this revolutionary justice reform project that will help change the way small claims and strata disputes are resolved in B.C.”
Vickers will spend the next six months getting the tribunal up and running, with an initial government investment of $500,000.
For Vickers’ bio and more on the Tribunal, see chair appointment sparks development of online tribunal.