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Simplified Rules

Posted on October 28, 2019 | Posted in Civil Litigation, General Law

Major amendments to the Simplified Rules (Rule 76) come into force on January 1, 2020. A listing of the changes follows:

  • The monetary limit has been increased from $100,000 to $200,000.
  • Simplified Rules trials cannot be conducted with a jury.
  • Maximum discovery has been increased from 2 hours to 3 hours.
  • There is only one method of trial; it is the equivalent of the previous summary trial. Evidence in chief must be delivered by way of affidavit and the parties may then cross-examine orally.
  • Expert testimony must be given by way of an affidavit that attaches and confirms the expert’s report. The expert may be cross-examined at trial.
  • The parties will have to set a trial management plan, which must be approved by a judge in advance.
  • Trials may be no longer than 5 days.
  • The maximum amount that may be awarded for costs is $50,000; the maximum amount for disbursements is $25,000. In each case, HST is in addition.


Jonathan Speigel


Written by Jonathan Speigel, the founding partner of Speigel Nichols Fox LLP, leads the litigation and construction practices.


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