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I heard legal limitation periods don't apply during COVID-19. Does that apply to the Civil Resolution Tribunal?

Updated
08, 07-2020

NO. Limitation periods for the CRT are still in place. The order of the Minister of Public Safety says that administrative tribunals can decide for themselves whether or not to suspend their mandatory limitation periods during the state of emergency. Section 2 of the order suspends limitation periods and other mandatory deadlines for starting a legal proceeding in court. This does not apply to the CRT and limitation periods and other mandatory time periods continue to apply.

The CRT has so far said that they expect to operate normally and will not be suspending their limitation periods during the state of emergency given that most of their work is already online. They do, however,  have discretion to extend time periods on a case-by-case basis.

The CRT will also consider waiving fees for people who cannot afford CRT fees due to COVID-19. If you file your application for dispute resolution late because of the pandemic, explain this in your application. If you need more time to apply or reply, or cannot pay, you should contact the CRT with your dispute number.

See HERE for more details on the CRT’s position on limitation periods.
See HERE for the Attorney General’s press release regarding CRT deadlines and fees.

As of  June 1, 2020, requests for default decisions and orders are being processed based on the date the dispute became eligible for a party to request a default decision and order.

Things are always changing so be sure to check the CRT website and the CRT COVID-19 Response for updates.  If you have questions contact the CRT by phone 1-844-322-2292 or by filing in this form.

For more information on the Attorney General’s response to COVID-19, including a list of emergency orders, changes to the law, and changes to justice services go HERE

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