Small claims a big deal in access to justice

Doubling the small claims limit is a "big deal" in terms of improved access to justice for Islanders.

The limit for small claims has increased from $8,000 to $16,000 after input from key stakeholders including the judiciary, the legal community, the Law Society of Prince Edward Island, the PEI Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the PEI Access to Justice Committee and the Community Legal Information Association of Prince Edward Island (CLIA).

"Doubling the small claims limit means that more people can take a civil action to court for judgment without the very significant expense of a full court case," explains David Daughton of CLIA. "PEI had the lowest limit in the country, and this is the first increase in nearly 20 years will benefit everyone."

CLIA offers free and easily understood information about laws and the Island’s justice system at http://www.cliapei.ca/.

“By increasing the number of claims that can be handled through the civil claim process, resources can be used more efficiently and the Courts can focus on complicated or sensitive cases,” said Premier Wade MacLauchlan, minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General. “Changes to the limit for small claims will improve access to justice and help Islanders resolve disputes in a timely and more affordable manner.”

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