On October 26, 2023, the Money Judgment Enforcement Act received Royal Assent. The legislation will streamline the currently outdated and inefficient process in BC, and help people obtain the money they’re owed following civil court or tribunal decisions.
This Act will come into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council. The legislation aims to:
- Simplify and clarify the procedures for enforcing judgements and reduce the need to apply to court for orders;
- Eliminate (or at least minimize) technicalities that Judgement Debtors can use to shield non-exempt property from seizure; and
- Continue to protect the reasonable rights of Judgement Debtors.
This legislation reflects CBABC recommendations to replace the Court Order Enforcement Act with the Uniform Civil Enforcement of Money Judgments Act as recommended by the BC Law Institute and as endorsed by the Uniform Law Conference of Canada.
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