Act to Increase Small Claims Limit

first_imgProposed changes to the Small Claims Court Act will make it easier and cheaper for Nova Scotians to resolve certain legal disputes. Justice Minister Michael Baker introduced legislation today, Oct. 18, that would allow the court to decide cases with claims valued at up to $25,000 instead of the current $15,000. “Increasing the limit to $25,000 will help people avoid the more costly option of starting a legal action before the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Baker. “It’s another step that will streamline our justice system and help people resolve disputes in a more timely fashion.” The small claims court provides a quick, informal and cost-effective method for deciding claims. It is not necessary for the participants to hire lawyers. Proceedings are also less formal than in other courts. Cases are heard by adjudicators who are lawyers, not judges. The small claims court is administered by the Department of Justice. On average, the court hears 3,750 cases each year. For more information, see the website at www.courts.ns.ca . Mr. Baker also introduced three other justice bills. Amendments to the Enforcement of Canadian Judgments and Decrees Act will make it easier to recognize and enforce civil orders of protection issued in other Canadian provinces. It would also make sure consumers in Nova Scotia are treated fairly if a judgment is issued against them in another province. The International Trusts Act will see Nova Scotia join most other provinces in establishing common provisions for the recognition of trusts. The Commercial Mediation Act will establish standards for commercial mediation agreements, and make agreements more readily enforceable by the courts. The act is based on model legislation adopted by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada.last_img read more

Suspected bandits killed at Kingston Seawall were shot six times each

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedUPDATE: Three bandits killed, trying to rob bank customer at Kingston seawallMarch 15, 2018In “Crime”Acting Top Cop says Kingston seawall shooting justifiableMarch 19, 2018In “Crime”Crime Chief distances self from Police reports on background of slain banditsMarch 16, 2018In “Crime” A post mortem examination conducted on the remains of two of the suspected bandits; Kwame Assanah and Dextroy Cordis, has confirmed that they were both shot at least six times each with the bullets exiting their bodies.It is unclear how many times the third man, Errol Adams was shot.Dead: Dextroy CordisThe post-mortem examinations were conducted on the bodies of the three men on Monday.The three men were shot dead during an alleged shootout with the police on Thursday last at the Kingston Seawall just behind the GNS Ground.A source also told INews that based on the post mortem examination, it was confirmed that the bullets entered and exited the bodies of Assanah and Cordis. Assanah was shot five times to the chest and once to the upper right arm while Cordis was shot five times to the chest and upper body and once to the head.Now that the post mortem examinations have been concluded, there are more unanswered questions as to what really occurred on the day the men were shot and killed.Dead: Kwame AssanahThe vehicles used by the alleged banditsLaw enforcement officials are maintaining that the men were about to commit a robbery and the consequences could have been more severe if the Police did not take the action it took on the day in question.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine on Monday threw his support behind his ranks claiming the use of deadly force against the suspected bandits was justified. read more