New online dispute solution
The long awaited online dispute resolution service for strata and small claim issues is supposed to be available this year 2016. This new online dispute resolution service will be known as the CIVIL RESOLUTION TRIBUNAL (“CRT”):
The law authorizing this new service was proclaimed a few years ago but this completely new online service is apparently the first of its kind in Canada thus a great effort is being made to ensure the service works. Many of us can remember the bad publicity when the USA federal health care web site was overwhelmed.
Even after this new online service is available, negotiation and mediation are still good options to resolve problems – so long as you preserve your right to ask the Court to resolve the problem by being aware of your applicable Limitation periods eg as little as two months if you have a dispute with a municipality: http://www.bclaws.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/12013_01
Be sure you ask your lawyer quickly about the limitation which might apply to your concern, as well as for your options. Your lawyer can also advise you on which laws might apply thus what facts are material to provide your dispute thus what evidence (documents and witnesses) need to be found.
Before and after the new CRT becomes available, your lawyer can help you understand the law applicable to your complaint and help you argue your case. This new CRT will hopefully be a good option but it does not replace legal analysis of the law and relevant facts nor replace an organized argument in your favour.
Prepare for a meeting with your lawyer, especially if a strata problem:
This article is written by Andrew Liggett, a lawyer with over 25 years experience and part of the Sea to Sky Law team. Phone (778) 728-0208 for an appointment to see how our Team can help you reduce your legal issues.