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=== 3. Claims Exceeding $5,000 or Personal Injury Claims (Any Amount) ===  
 
=== 3. Claims Exceeding $5,000 or Personal Injury Claims (Any Amount) ===  
  
If the claim exceeds $5,000 or is for personal injury in any amount, the parties must attend mediation  pursuant  to  Rule  7.4. Following  mediation,  a  trial  conference  will  be  scheduledpursuant to Rule 7.5. Trial conferences are described in greater detail in [[Small Claims Trial/Pre-Trial Conferences (20:XI) | section XI]. The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10. For an explanation of trials and how to prepare for a trial, see section XII.  
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If the claim exceeds $5,000 or is for personal injury in any amount, the parties must attend mediation  pursuant  to  Rule  7.4. Following  mediation,  a  trial  conference  will  be  scheduledpursuant to Rule 7.5. Trial conferences are described in greater detail in [[Small Claims Trial/Pre-Trial Conferences (20:XI) | section XI]]. The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10. For an explanation of trials and how to prepare for a trial, see [[Small Claims Trial Preparation (20:XII) | section XII]].  
  
B.Richmond 1.Claims of $5,000 or Less Where  the claim  and  counterclaim,  if any,  are  each  $5,000  or less  (not  including  interest  or expenses)  and  are  not  for  personal  injury,  a  simplified  trial  will  be  scheduled  pursuant  to Rule 9.1; except for the trial, no other court appearances are typically required.  The trial will be held during the day for one hour before a Justice of the Peace. 2.Claims Exceeding $5,000 or Personal Injury Claims (Any A mount) If the claim exceeds $5,000 or is for personal injury in any amount, a Settlement Conference will be scheduled pursuant to Rule 7. For claims greater than $10,000, either party may also initiate mediation pursuant to Rule 7.3.  Following  mediation  or  if  mediation  is  not  initiated, a  settlement  conference  will  be scheduled  unless  the  claim  relates  to  a  motor  vehicle  accident  where  only  liability  for property damage is disputed.  The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10. C.Surrey, North V ancouver, V ictoria, or Nanaimo 1.Claims of $1 0,000 or Less Rule  7.2  mediation  applies  automatically  to  some  construction-related  claims  and  can otherwise be commenced by a party.  Following mediation or if mediation is not initiated, a settlement conference will be scheduled unless the claim relates to a motor vehicle accident where only liability for property damage is disputed.  The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10.2.Claims Exceeding $10,000 Any party to a proceeding where the amount of a claim, counterclaim, or third party notice exceeds $10,000 may initiate Rule 7.3 mediation. Following mediation or if mediation is not initiated,  a  settlement  conference  will  be  scheduled  unless  the  claim  relates  to  a  motor
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== B. Richmond ==
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=== 1. Claims of $5,000 or Less ===
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Where  the claim  and  counterclaim,  if any,  are  each  $5,000  or less  (not  including  interest  or expenses)  and  are  not  for  personal  injury,  a  simplified  trial  will  be  scheduled  pursuant  to Rule 9.1; except for the trial, no other court appearances are typically required.  The trial will be held during the day for one hour before a Justice of the Peace.  
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=== 2. Claims Exceeding $5,000 or Personal Injury Claims (Any Amount) ===
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If the claim exceeds $5,000 or is for personal injury in any amount, a Settlement Conference will be scheduled pursuant to Rule 7.  
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For claims greater than $10,000, either party may also initiate mediation pursuant to Rule 7.3.  Following  mediation  or  if  mediation  is  not  initiated, a  settlement  conference  will  be scheduled  unless  the  claim  relates  to  a  motor  vehicle  accident  where  only  liability  for property damage is disputed.  The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10.  
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== C. Surrey, North Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo ==
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=== 1. Claims of $1 0,000 or Less ===
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Rule  7.2  mediation  applies  automatically  to  some  construction-related  claims  and  can otherwise be commenced by a party.  Following mediation or if mediation is not initiated, a settlement conference will be scheduled unless the claim relates to a motor vehicle accident where only liability for property damage is disputed.  The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10.
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=== 2. Claims Exceeding $10,000 ===
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Any party to a proceeding where the amount of a claim, counterclaim, or third party notice exceeds $10,000 '''may''' initiate Rule 7.3 mediation. Following mediation or if mediation is not initiated,  a  settlement  conference  will  be  scheduled  unless  the  claim  relates  to  a  motor

Revision as of 15:04, 4 July 2016



A number of pilot projects have been implemented at some of the busier court registries. To anticipate how your claim will proceed and which rules will apply, find the court location where your claim will be heard and the heading that best describes your claim.

The length of time it will take to resolve a claim depends on:

  1. how busy the court is (to find out how far ahead dates are being set at your location, ask at the court registry or the Judicial Case Manager);
  2. how much time the trial is expected to take (a matter requiring a full day trial will often be scheduled later than a simpler matter);
  3. whether the documents can be served without delay;
  4. whether the claim is disputed; and
  5. the number of applications filed.

Complying with all of the court’s rules and orders will ensure that the claim is heard as soon as possible.

A. Vancouver (Robson Square)[edit]

1. Claims of $5,000 or Less[edit]

Where the claim and counterclaim, if any, are each $5,000 or less (not including interest or expenses) and are not for either personal injury or financial debt, a simplified trial will be scheduled pursuant to Rule 9.1; except for the trial, no other court appearances are typically required. The trial will be held in the evening for one hour before a Justice of the Peace.

2. Claims for Financial Debt[edit]

If the claimant or counterclaimant is in the business of lending money or extending credit and is suing for a debt that arises from a loan or the extension of credit, a summary trial will be scheduled pursuant to Rule 9.2; except for the trial, no other court appearances are typically required. The trial will be held before a judge and usually takes fewer than 30 minutes to complete.

3. Claims Exceeding $5,000 or Personal Injury Claims (Any Amount)[edit]

If the claim exceeds $5,000 or is for personal injury in any amount, the parties must attend mediation pursuant to Rule 7.4. Following mediation, a trial conference will be scheduledpursuant to Rule 7.5. Trial conferences are described in greater detail in section XI. The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10. For an explanation of trials and how to prepare for a trial, see section XII.

B. Richmond[edit]

1. Claims of $5,000 or Less[edit]

Where the claim and counterclaim, if any, are each $5,000 or less (not including interest or expenses) and are not for personal injury, a simplified trial will be scheduled pursuant to Rule 9.1; except for the trial, no other court appearances are typically required. The trial will be held during the day for one hour before a Justice of the Peace.

2. Claims Exceeding $5,000 or Personal Injury Claims (Any Amount)[edit]

If the claim exceeds $5,000 or is for personal injury in any amount, a Settlement Conference will be scheduled pursuant to Rule 7.

For claims greater than $10,000, either party may also initiate mediation pursuant to Rule 7.3. Following mediation or if mediation is not initiated, a settlement conference will be scheduled unless the claim relates to a motor vehicle accident where only liability for property damage is disputed. The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10.

C. Surrey, North Vancouver, Victoria, or Nanaimo[edit]

1. Claims of $1 0,000 or Less[edit]

Rule 7.2 mediation applies automatically to some construction-related claims and can otherwise be commenced by a party. Following mediation or if mediation is not initiated, a settlement conference will be scheduled unless the claim relates to a motor vehicle accident where only liability for property damage is disputed. The final step is a trial pursuant to Rule 10.

2. Claims Exceeding $10,000[edit]

Any party to a proceeding where the amount of a claim, counterclaim, or third party notice exceeds $10,000 may initiate Rule 7.3 mediation. Following mediation or if mediation is not initiated, a settlement conference will be scheduled unless the claim relates to a motor