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March 11, 2013

New Guide to Explain Small Claims Court Procedures

Left to right: Deborah Doherty, Executive Director of PLEIS-NB; Hon. Marie-Claude Blais, Minister of Justice and Attorney General; Crystal Critch, Senior Policy Analyst, Justice and Attorney General

A self-help guide recently published by Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) to explain the new Small Claims Court procedures is proving to be very popular.

Entitled Small Claims Court: A Guide for Claimants, Defendants and Third Parties, the guide explains the process under the New Brunswick Small Claims Court that came into effect on January 1, 2013 for making or defending actions for debt, damages and/or the return of possession of personal property for an amount up to $12,500.   Adjudicators will the hear Claims and the process will be somewhat less formal than regular court processes.

The Small Claims Court procedure is governed by the Small Claims Act and the General Regulation under the Act.  There are a specific set of forms that must be used in the Small Claims Court. 

You may obtain the booklet and the forms from the Clerk’s Office nearest you.  They are also available on the PLEIS website. The booklet has been distributed to libraries and SNB offices around the province. If you wish to order hard copies, please feel free to contact PLEIS-NB.

Note:  If you started an action under Rule 80 prior to January 1, 2013, all parties will complete their proceedings in the Court of Queen’s Bench.  In that case, you should refer to the guide called Rule 80: Civil Suits up to $30,000.