Small Claims Pilot at Robson Square & Richmond Courthouses
Changes are coming to Small Claims processes in B.C.
Starting June 1, 2017, most small claims up to $5,000 will be resolved through the Civil Resolution Tribunal. At the same time, the monetary jurisdiction for small claims cases in Provincial Court will increase to $35,000 and simplified trials at Richmond and Robson Square will 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 $5,000 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.