Federal Courts Rules (SOR/98-106)

Regulations are current to 2015-08-04 and last amended on 2015-01-30. Previous Versions

Use of Examination for Discovery at Trial

Marginal note:Reading in examination at trial

 A party may introduce as its own evidence at trial any part of its examination for discovery of an adverse party or of a person examined on behalf of an adverse party, whether or not the adverse party or person has already testified.

Marginal note:Qualifying answers

 The Court may order a party who uses part of an examination for discovery as its own evidence to introduce into evidence any other part of the examination for discovery that the Court considers is so related that it ought not to be omitted.

Marginal note:Unavailability of deponent

 The Court may permit a party to use all or part of an examination for discovery of a person, other than a person examined under rule 238, as evidence at trial if

  • (a) the person is unable to testify at the trial because of his or her illness, infirmity or death or because the person cannot be compelled to attend; and

  • (b) his or her evidence cannot be obtained on commission.

Marginal note:Use of examination to impeach credibility at trial

 A party may use any part of its examination for discovery of a person as evidence to impeach the credibility of that person as a witness at trial only if the party first puts to the person the questions asked in that part of the examination.

Simplified Action

Marginal note:Where mandatory

 Unless the Court orders otherwise, rules 294 to 299 apply to any action in which

  • (a) each claim is exclusively for monetary relief in an amount not exceeding $50,000, exclusive of interest and costs;

  • (b) in respect of an action in rem claiming monetary relief, no amount claimed, exclusive of interest and costs, exceeds $50,000;

  • (c) the parties agree that the action is to be conducted as a simplified action; or

  • (d) on motion, the Court orders that the action be conducted as a simplified action.

Marginal note:Cost consequences of improper avoidance of procedure

 The Court may award costs against any party, including a party who is successful in an action, who it finds has exaggerated a claim, including a counterclaim or third party claim, merely to avoid the operation of rules 292 and 294 to 299.

Marginal note:Style of cause

 Every pleading in a simplified action shall be prefaced by the heading "Simplified Action".

Marginal note:List of documents

 A party to a simplified action may serve, in lieu of an affidavit of documents, a complete list of all the documents in the party's possession, power or control that are relevant to a matter in issue in the action.