B.C. to have mandatory online tribunal to settle small claims, strata disputes

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VICTORIA - B.C. attorney general says the government is set to introduce Canada's first mandatory online tribunal system to settle minor disputes involving small claims court and strata councils.

Suzanne Anton says people dealing with such issues will retain the right to take their matters to B.C. Supreme Court, but the new service will become the first stop for an estimated 40,000 minor legal disputes each year.

Anton has introduced amendments to an act that aims to resolve legal disputes in a quick and cost-effective manner.

She says the service will be launched in phases and provide information on how to prevent and resolve disputes.

Anton says the online system will include dispute resolution methods such as negotiation, mediation and adjudication, if necessary.

She says people with strata disputes currently end up in B.C. Supreme Court or try to settle their differences in other ways.

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