Double your money: Alberta doubles limit for small claims court cases

Alberta is doubling the dollar limit for small claims court in an effort to allow people more access and to free up judges.

CALGARY — Alberta is doubling the dollar limit for small claims court in an effort to allow people more access and to free up judges.

Justice Minister Jonathan Denis says that starting Aug. 1, the limit will double to $50,000 from $25,000.

Denis says that should help people complete straightforward civil matters in a much shorter time.

The province is also setting up a provincial court pilot project to help Albertans resolve civil legal disputes.

The intent is to direct civil claims to appropriate areas for quick and efficient resolution.

Denis says he is not adding any new judges — at least not immediately.