During the decision preparation process, your case manager might create a Statement of Facts. This is a list of facts about the claim. All the claim participants are asked to review the list and say if they agree or disagree with each fact.
Facts can establish dates, identify people, and clarify objective information in the claim. For example:
- The vehicle accident happened at 1:17 pm on May 29, 2021.
- The strata is a duplex, built in 1982.
- The respondent business is owned by Sam Lastname, but an employee named Jane Lastname signed the contract.
- The fence was completed by the contractual deadline of September 20, 2021.
- The interest on the loan is 10%, compounded monthly, calculated from July 6, 2020.
- 18 payments of $100 each were made between January 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
What is it used for?
A Statement of Facts makes the CRT decision process easier. The tribunal member can focus on the issues that the participants can’t agree on. They won’t have to analyze and make decisions about the facts you do agree on.
How do I review the Statement of Facts?
The case manager will send instructions to each participant. You’ll be asked to review each fact and say whether you agree with it, disagree, or don’t know.
What if I don’t review it?
The tribunal member is allowed to consider the Statement of Facts even if some participants don’t review it. The tribunal member might assume that a person who didn’t review it disagrees with all the facts. But if none of the participants reviewed the Statement of Facts, or if you weren’t asked to review one, it won’t be given to the tribunal member.