July 21, 2014 1:30 pm

Province announces increase in civil claims limit

FILE photo: Scales of justice


CALGARY – The province will be doubling the limit on civil claims in Alberta.

As of August 1st, the limit in Provincial Court will change from $25,000 to $50,000.

In addition, officials hope to streamline direct civil claims by launching a pilot project in Calgary and Edmonton in the fall.

They say it will help Albertans whose cases can benefit from early intervention.

“The mission of the Provincial Court of Alberta is to deliver quality justice on an accessible, affordable and timely basis,” says Terrence Matchett, Chief Judge, Provincial Court of Alberta.

“The increase in the financial jurisdiction of our Court to $50,000 and the Court’s decision to implement resolution tracks will, together with existing dispute resolution mechanisms, enable more people to access our Court to resolve their civil disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner,” he adds.

Officials made the announcement on Monday in both Calgary and Edmonton.

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