Improvements to small claims court coming Tuesday

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The province says it is improving access to small claims court and simplifying the process.

In a release, the Department of Justice says changes include the waiving of costs to file and counter a claim for low-income Nova Scotians and easier to use forms.

The time allowed to serve a defendant with a notice of claim after it has been filed will be extended to 20 days to align it with the length of time allowed to file a defence or counterclaim.

The province says the amount of wages exempt from garnishment has increased from $415 to $450 for a debtor supporting a family, and from $275 to $330 for other debtors.

In 2018-19. more than 2,300 cases were handled in small claims courts in Nova Scotia.