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Provincial Court of British Columbia
Notice to the Profession and Public
Re: Changes to Provincial Court Civil Jurisdiction and Procedures
(Civil Resolution Tribunal)
Effective Date: 01 June 2017
Number: NP 12
The objectives of this Notice to the Profession and Public are: (1) to outline
the changes to the Provincial Court’s civil jurisdiction and procedures effective
June 1, 2017, further to the implementation of the small claims jurisdiction
of the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT)1; and (2) to rescind three
Small Claims Practice Directions formerly issued by the Chief Judge.
1. The Small Claims Rules, B.C. Reg. 261/93 and the Small Claims Monetary
Limit Regulation, B.C. Reg. 179/2005 are amended pursuant to Order in
Council 166/2017, including by adding Rules 1.1, 10.2, and 16.1 and
Forms 34 to 37.
2. Commencing June 1, 2017, the Court’s civil jurisdiction increases to
Small Claims Monetary Limit Regulation, s. 1
3. Commencing June 1, 2017, subject to section 3.1(2) of the Civil Resolution
Tribunal Act, all civil claims up to $5,000 must commence at the
CRT if the claim is for:
a. debt or damages;
b. recovery of personal property;
c. specific performance of an agreement relating to personal property
or services; or
d. relief from opposing claims to personal property.
Civil Resolution Tribunal Small Claims Regulation, s. 2;
Civil Resolution Tribunal Act, ss. 3.1 and 3.8
1 Pursuant to Order in Council 156/2017.