The Provincial Court of BC has been a leader among Canadian courts in its enthusiastic use of digital communications to engage with the public. It offers an active website, featuring bi-weekly “eNews” articles, and uses social media with a refreshing, conversational tone to interact with followers.
In a recent eNews article Chris took Dan to Small Claims court and got a payment order for Dan to repay a $7000 loan, but Dan didn’t pay. When they went back to court for a payment hearing, Chris was ordered to make payments of $500 a month. He paid for a while and then stopped. What can Chris do now to collect the balance still owing?
In BC, when there are child protection concerns and the family disagrees with the Ministry of Children and Family Development about the way forward, a case conference is often scheduled. A case conference is an informal meeting between the parties and a judge to try to resolve the disagreement before positions become hardened and the case escalates to a trial.
When Dan was having a tough time, his friend Chris lent him $7,000. When Dan got back on his feet he promised to repay the loan but didn’t, so Chris finally sued Dan in Small Claims Court. The judge made a payment order that Dan pay $7000 plus interest and expenses to Chris. Dan still hasn’t paid.
When people arrive in a courtroom for their family or civil trial, judges sometimes suggest that they discuss settling their case rather than start the trial right away. This practice can be controversial. Today’s eNews considers the practice and presents arguments on both sides.