Does a Person Need to Hire a Lawyer or Paralegal to Sue in Small Claims Court?
Receiving Professional Representation In Small Claims Court Matters Provides a Strong Advantage and Can Be of Great Importance Whereas the Legal Issues Involved Can Be Complicated. Additionally, With Claims of Up to $35,000 Per Plaintiff, Going Alone May Be Risky.
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As is stated upon the website for the Ministry of the Attorney General, the Small Claims Court is the busiest civil litigation court in Ontario. Additionally, whereas the Small Claims Court is mandated to process matters in a 'summary fashion', receiving professional assistance from [Your Firm's Name] in presenting your position as clearly and concisely as possible is of great importance.
Actions brought in what is called the Small Claims Court occur in the Superior Court of Justice. Accordingly, what is known as the Small Claims Court is actually somewhat of a misnomer. It is perhaps better to think of the Small Claims Court as a civil litigation court department assigned to handle a subset of cases involving claims for compensation up to $25,000 per Plaintiff (increased to $35,000 effective January 2020) plus legal costs and interest. Another difference is that cases brought in the Small Claims Court are usually heard by Deputy Judges. The Deputy Judges are lawyers with at least ten years experience who are appointed to act as part-time judges in the Small Claims Court. Still another key difference is that Small Claims Court cases are conducted in accordance to Rules of the Small Claims Court which are a trimmed down set of procedural rules that help ensure small claims cases progress expeditiously from beginning to end.
Although the Small Claims Court handles the smaller claims brought to litigation, with claims of up to $35,000 per Plaintiff, these lawsuits are always treated as very important by [Your Firm's Name] - after all, money matters are never truly 'small'; furthermore, these claims can, and often do, involve the same complex issues litigated in the unlimited court.
[Your Firm's Name] provides Small Claims Court services for clients located in [Your Firm's City], Kitchener, Toronto, Oshawa, St. Catharines, among other places!
A good and proper pleading document, again whether the commencing document, being the Plaintiff's Claim or Statement of Claim, or even the responding Defence...Learn More
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Litigation within the Small Claims Court, even for what may appear as a straightforward breach of contract case, always deserves careful review and informed...Learn More
Generally, the Rules of the Small Claims Court limit a costs award for reimbursement of legal fees paid to a qualified representative to fifteen (15%) percent...Learn More
Similar to the rules of procedure applicable to other courts, the Small Claims Court also has a formal set of procedural rules. Additionally, the Small Claims...Learn More
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A Small Claims Court Lawsuit Starts by Issuing a Plaintiff's Claim Document and Then Serving the Document Upon the Other Side.Learn More
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Generally, costs awards in Small Claims Court are limited to actual reimbursement for the expenses incurred for representation (lawyer, student-at-law, or...Learn More
The monetary jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court allows for each Plaintiff to bring claims up to the $35,000 limit; and accordingly, a Defendant may be...Learn More
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Significant debate among legal practitioners often arises as to whether the Small Claims Court holds jurisdiction for claims brought seeking equitable relief. ...Learn More
Small Claims Court Types of Cases (among many others) Employment Issues Disputes and lawsuits arising out of employment relationships are...Learn More