Yukon Small Claims Court
Overview of the Yukon Small Claims Court.
Small Claims Court
|April 1, 2006||Monetary jurisdiction of the Court increased from $5,000 to $25,000|
|2008||Consultation on the proposed amendments to regulations of theSmall Claims Act began|
The Small Claims Court of the Yukon is established by the Small Claims Court Act.
The Small Claims Court sits in the same locations as the Territorial Court and can hear cases as part of court circuits to the communities. Every judge of the Territorial Court is a judge of the Small Claims Court.
- Any matter set for trial must go to a pre-trial conference
- Since 1995, parties to small claims matters have been encouraged to take part in mediation of their disputes. The process has evolved over the years so that mediation can actually take place as part of the pre-trial conference rather than having to adjourn the process to a later date in order for mediation to occur.
- Discovery is not permitted, unless the court deems it necessary in the interests of justice
The Small Claims Court Act was amended effective April 1, 2006:
- the monetary jurisdiction was raised from $5,000 to $25,000
- the appeals process was updated
- a process was set in place to move matters to Supreme Court if the amount was likely to go higher than the new limit
At the beginning of 2008, the Yukon government began the consultation process on amending regulations to the Small Claims Court Act in order to modernize the small claims court process.
It is proposed that the amended regulations will be finalized in the Fall of 2009.