of Bill :
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, enacts as follows:
1 Section 1 of the Small Claims Act, chapter S-9.1 of the Acts of New Brunswick, 1997, is amended by repealing the definition “action” and substituting the
“action” means a civil proceeding commenced in a manner set out in the regulations and includes a claim, counterclaim, cross-claim, third party claim and, when authorized by
an adjudicator, a fourth party and subsequent party claim;
2 Section 4 of the Act is amended
(a) in subsection (1)
(i) in paragraph (a) by striking out “and” at the end of the paragraph;
(ii) in paragraph (b) by striking out the period at the end of the paragraph and substituting a comma followed by “and”;
(iii) by adding after paragraph (b) the following:
(c) has jurisdiction where an action for debt or damages is combined with an action for the recovery of possession of personal property, if the combined value of the
amount claimed and the value of the personal property does not exceed the prescribed amount.
(b) by adding after subsection (1.1) the following:
4(1.2) The amount prescribed under paragraph (1)(c) is, with respect to the combined value referred to in paragraph (1)(c), inclusive of interest to the date of judgment and
exclusive of costs.
3 Subsection 23(1) of the Act is amended by striking out “of the court” and substituting “of every judicial district of the court”.
4 Section 29 of the Act is amended
(a) by adding after paragraph (b) the following:
(b.1) prescribing an amount for the purpose of paragraph 4(1)(c);
(b) in paragraph (c) by striking out “prescribing” and substituting “respecting”.
5 Sections 1, 2 and 4 of this Act come into force on a day or days to be fixed by proclamation.