What’s Happening in Canada’s Civil Courts?

According to Statistics Canada data from the annual Civil Court Survey[1] over the most recent five years for which data are available, between 2010-11 and 2014-15, the number of civil cases has fallen. The total number of cases initiated between 2010-11 and 2014-15 declined by 4.7% from 493,785 to 470,622. The total number of active cases declined by 1.5% from 921,328 to 907,206 and the number of active cases with a disposition within the fiscal year declined by 2.8%from 553,597 to 537.909.

The number of general civil cases has declined by 10.0% over the five-year period. Cases involving bankruptcy declined by 31.2%, cases involving collections were down by 14.0% and the number of cases involving contracts declined by 9.5% over the period. Other civil cases also declined by 4.5%. Some types of cases increased; motor vehicle (involving personal injury or property damage) increased by 19.6%, other torts by 2.5%, probate by 14.8% and cases involving all other unclassified types of civil actions increased by 6.7%.

The number of trial ready cases increased slightly by 2.0%.5%, the number postponed or for which a new trial date was set increased by 0.52% and the number of cases withdrawn or abandoned increased by 10.6%. On the other hand, the numbers of other types of dispositions declined. Cases settled by the parties declined by 3.5%, cases dismissed or discontinued declined by 6.6% and the number of judgements declined by 2.2%.

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