Simmi Sandhu named as new chair for BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal

Sandhu is a decorated expert in the administrative justice sector

Simmi Sandhu named as new chair for BC’s Civil Resolution Tribunal

Simmi Sandhu has been appointed chair of the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT), following a merit-based recruitment process required by British Columbia’s Civil Resolution Tribunal Act. Her three-year term starts June 13, 2022.

The CRT has jurisdiction over strata property disputes, small claims of $5,000 or less, motor-vehicle accident benefit disputes, motor-vehicle injury disputes of $50,000 or less, and some disputes under the Societies Act and Cooperative Associations Act.

Sandhu received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia and was called to the BC bar in 1990. In 2019, the UN General Assembly appointed her as judge of the United Nations Appeal Tribunal (UNAT), the second level of appeal of the United Nations Internal Justice System. She is currently vice-president for UNAT.

Sandhu serves as the chair and was the former CEO of BC’s Property Assessment Appeal Board, before which she was its vice-chair from April 2001 to October 2015. She has also worked for the Surface Rights board, ICBC, the Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia, and private practice.

Sandhu is an expert in administrative law, civil litigation, corporate and commercial law, and real estate transactions. She is also well-trained in mediation and ADR – including online dispute resolution – in the administrative tribunal sector.

Sandhu is an instructor with the BC Council of Administrative Tribunals (BCCAT), where she previously served as president, secretary, and director. She was given the BCCAT award for exceptional service to the administrative justice community in 2014 and remains active in the Canadian Bar Association (BC branch), serving on its equality and diversity committee.

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