First in the prov­ince

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

Cape Bre­ton’s new­est small claims court ad­ju­di­ca­tor, Tuma Thomas Wil­liam Young, right, was sworn in Fri­day by Supreme Court Jus­tice Pa­trick Murray dur­ing a brief cer­e­mony in Sydney. An as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor in Indige­nous Stud­ies at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity, Young is the first Indige­nous per­son to hold such a po­si­tion in the prov­ince. “I may be the first but hope­fully not the last,” said Young, adding his ap­point­ment is a fur­ther ex­am­ple of im­prov­ing ac­cess to the court sys­tem. Small claims court al­lows an in­di­vid­ual or busi­ness to seek re­cov­ery for up to $25,000 with some lim­i­ta­tions. The court does not deal with land own­er­ship, wills and es­tates, ma­li­cious pros­e­cu­tion, wrong­ful im­pris­on­ment or defama­tion (li­bel and slan­der). The court does have ju­ris­dic­tion over res­i­den­tial te­nancy ap­peals (ap­peals from de­ci­sions over rented prop­erty made by Res­i­den­tial Te­nancy Of­fi­cers) and dis­putes be­tween lawyers and their clients over fees and other re­ten­tion is­sues. Young’s first sit­ting as an ad­ju­di­ca­tor is Jan. 30 in Sydney.


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