Small Claims Pilot at Robson Square & Richmond Courthouses

Small claims processes in B.C. have changed.

As of June 1, 2017, the Civil Resolution Tribunal began resolving most small claims up to $5,000. The monetary jurisdiction for small claims cases in Provincial Court has been increased to $35,000 and simplified trials at Richmond and Robson Square now include cases up to $10,000.  Visit the Provincial Court of B.C. website and the Civil Resolution Tribunal  website to learn more about these changes.  Find information about the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act.

A pilot is underway at Robson Square and Richmond courthouses that uses a different process for settling small claims court actions that are $10,000 or less.  

The process is called a simplified trial, which is a one-hour streamlined trial before an experienced lawyer who is a justice of the peace (also called an adjudicator).

There are a couple minor differences between Robson Square and Richmond simplified trials:

  • Robson Square does not use simplified trials for financial debt claims or personal injury claims
  • Richmond courthouse does not use simplified trials for personal injury claims.

Hours of operation: Robson Square holds simplified trials (excluding those mentioned above) in the evening, while Richmond courthouse schedules them during business hours.