An Introduction to Small Claims Court

Scales of Justice“The Small Claims Court process is petrifying, and is literally foreign to them”    Small Claims Court Judge – Ottawa

The Small Claims Court is difficult to navigate when an individual does not have a solid background in the English or French language. Wording and instructions about a small claim that are delivered on-line is designed for individuals who have a command of the English or French language. LEC delivers this workshop in ‘layman’ terms, and at a level all participants can understand.

This workshop prepares individuals for Small Claims Court, or provides an overview of the Small Claims Court system for future reference.

This workshop includes information on:

  • Important filing deadlines
  • Statement of Claim – paperwork and instructions
  • Settlement Conference
  • Pleadings
  • Adjournments
  • Arguments and the role of witnesses
  • Court procedure and etiquette
  • Relevant information for the judge
  • Cost sanctions and awards
  • Rules of Evidence

The workshop on Small Claims Court is a great resource to tap into if you are engaged in a legal challenge, or if you would like information for future should you be involved in a future dispute. Please note that Small Claims Court does not deal with Criminal Law or Family Law. If you need help in either of these areas please contact the Law Society of Upper Canada.

There is no minimum or maximum group size for this workshop. One on one instruction is offered.