In Ontario, the Small Claims Court is a division of the Superior Court of Justice. Licensed Paralegals can represent you in small claims and debt collection in Ontario. Small Claims Court handles disputes of $25,000.00 or less. If your claim is slightly over $25,000, but you are willing to forego the excess amount above this limit, you may proceed with your case in Small Claims Court. This may be a more efficient way to settle your claim as small claims court procedures are simpler, court fees are lower, and the process is faster. Examples of Small Claims include: Collection of unpaid personal loans, compensation for faulty construction work, collection on unpaid invoices, and breach (failure to observe the terms of) a contract.
Typically, paralegals charge flat fees that are lower than lawyers’, which will help reduce legal expenses. SFC Paralegals can represent you in your small claim action. Contact us for a free consultation to see how we can effectively represent you in Small Claims Court.
SFC paralegals can represent you in your small claim action. Typically, paralegals charge flat fees that are lower than lawyers’, which will help reduce legal expenses.
The Small Claims Court Process
Depending on whether you are the plaintiff (the person suing) or the defendant (the person being sued), this would mean preparation of the claim or the defence, respectively. The pleadings are then filed with the small claims court, together with payment of the appropriate court fee. If the pleading is a small claim, it must also be served on the defendant.
This is when parties have not reached a settlement during the settlement conference and the case is ordered to trial.
This is when the settlement conference has not been successful or this is when parties have not reached a settlement during the settlement conference and the case is ordered to trial.
There may be other steps that have to be taken in the context of this procedure. These include: default proceedings, motions and enforcement proceedings.