FREDERICTON (GNB) – The General Regulation under the Small Claims Act has been amended to increase the limit on the monetary jurisdiction of the provincial small claims court.

Following the adoption of the regulation, the maximum amount will increase to $20,000 from $12,500.  The proposed changes to the regulation have been posted today for consultation.

“Raising the monetary limit for the small claims court meets a commitment of the provincial government,” said Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry. “This will create efficiencies by relying more often on the less onerous procedures of the small claims court and decreasing the burden on the Court of Queen’s Bench. All New Brunswickers, including small businesses, will then have access to a simpler and less costly court process.”

The small claims court has jurisdiction in dealing with a legal action for debt, damages or recovery of personal property for claims not exceeding a limited monetary amount, which has now been set at $20,000.

Small claims matters are heard by adjudicators across the province.

The last change in the monetary limit was in 2013 when it was increased to $12,500 from $6,000.

Anyone wishing to review or comment on the proposed regulations may visit the Public Review of Draft Regulations webpage.