Dalhousie Law Journal


Small claims court, small disputes adjudication, municipal, city courts


Nova Scotia is one of only three Canadian provinces without a small claims court.' The rationale behind the establishment of small claims courts throughout North America has been the need to provide access to the avenues of justice for persons with claims that are small in monetary terms and which, because of cost, complications and delay cannot be pursued through the normal court channels. Claims with low dollar values are not necessarily small to the claimants, and it can readily be appreciated that this phenomenon will be more prevalent in lower-income groups. While all small claimants are prejudiced when the jurisdiction in which they live has no small claims court it is the poor who suffer most.

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