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Big Changes to Alberta Small Claims Court

On April 1, 2023 the Provincial Court of Alberta, also commonly referred to as “Small Claims Court” underwent a name change and has been renamed the Alberta Court of Justice in an effort to better reflect the objective of providing all Albertans with fair and reasonable access to justice.


Another significant announcement was made on April 5, 2023 when the government announced an increase in the limit of claims brought before the Alberta Court of Justice. Effective August 1, 2023 the civil claim limit will increase from $50,000.00 to $100,000.00 again fostering the intention of facilitating access to justice.


While an individual could represent themselves in the Court of Kings Bench, corporations must be represented by a lawyer, the Alberta Court of Justice does not require any party to be represented by legal counsel.


With the flexibility to represent your own company and the increased limit, corporations should benefit from greater access to more cost-effective litigation.


We have much experience acting for, as well as assisting, clients with their matters before the former Provincial Court of Alberta. We are happy to assist with any questions, legal guidance, or assistance of any action before the newly named Alberta Court of Justice.


Should you wish to have us act on your behalf or you have any questions on how to proceed, please reach out to Stephen Panunto at 587-390-0215 or spanunto@gfslaw.ca.

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