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While a generalist bench provides great advantages to British Columbians
bringing forward a wide diversity of overlapping and challenging matters,
the specialized tribunal function discharged by the CRT can offer efficiency
and consistency for high-volume, lower-monetary-value claims that would
otherwise be ineligible to be brought before a decision maker, despite their
importance to the litigants.
The CRT provides new ways for the public to access justice, normally
without the need to travel, take time off work or incur the significant
expense of hiring a lawyer. It operates with less formality under procedures
proportionate to the level of disputes it hears, which reduces the barriers of
the time and cost of resolution that keep many disputes out of court and
In short, while the CRT is not appropriate for all legal disputes, it offers
many British Columbians efficient access to justice for matters of great
importance to them. This is why the CRT is, and will remain, a key part of
our province’s access to justice strategy.
1. Civil Resolution Tribunal Act, SBC 2012, c 25 s 2
2. Currently, the monetary jurisdictional limit of the CRT
for small claims is $5,000.
3. Supra, note 1.
4. The jurisdiction is limited to accident claims under a
prescribed amount, which is expected to be
5. Bill 22, Civil Resolution Tribunal Amendment Act,
2018, 3rd Sess, 41st Parl, British Columbia, 2018
(asserted to 17 May 2018 but not yet in force), SBC
2018, c 17.
6. Shannon Salter, “Online Dispute Resolution and Justice
System Integration: British Columbia’s Civil Resolution
Tribunal” (2017) 34:1 Windsor YB Access
Just 112, 2017 CanLIIDocs 170.
7. 2018 BCSC 282.
8. Ibid at para 20.
9. Ibid at para 15 (citation omitted).
10. Ibid at para 34.
11. Ibid at paras 35, 37.
12. Ibid at para 50.
13. 2018 BCSC 164.
14. Ibid at para 49.
15. Ibid at para 123.
16. Supreme Court of British Columbia, 2017 Annual