Civil Court Reforms

Since 2007, the Court has piloted civil reforms at the Vancouver Robson Square and Richmond courthouses. There, Small Claims cases are tracked into one of three streams:

  • claims from $5001 to $10,000 (other than personal injury and institutional debt) are scheduled for simplified trials conducted by senior lawyers appointed as Justice of the Peace Adjudicators.
  • at Robson Square, all institutional debt cases are scheduled for a 30-minute summary trial because these cases generally do not need more court time.
  • other matters are scheduled for mediation or judicial settlement conference, followed by trial by a judge if necessary.