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The Rules of the Small Claims Court provide that a lawsuit must be commenced either where the cause of action arose or where the Defendant resides or carries on business. For example, imagine that you loaned someone in Toronto $30,000 and the person now lives in Barrie. That means that you could bring your lawsuit either in Toronto (where the cause of action arose) or in Barrie (where the Defendant currently lives).
There are many Small Claims Court locations throughout Ontario. Click here to see a full list of Small Claims Court addresses in Ontario.
Small Claims Courts in Ontario can help you recover money or property from a Defendant, up to a limit of $35,000 (note that the limit used to be $25,000, but was increased to $35,000 in January of 2020).
This means that if you want to sue someone for $35,000 or less or to have them return property of yours worth $35,000 or less, the Small Claims Court is the right place for you.
The Ontario Small Claims Court does not have the jurisdiction to make someone do anything other than pay you money or return your property. For example, if you are having a dispute with a contractor and the contractor refuses to complete the job, a deputy judge of the Small Claims Court can not order that contractor to finish the job. You could still sue the contractor in Small Claims Court in order to have them pay you, but if you wanted an order forcing them to actually complete the work, you would need to file an action or application in the Superior Court of Justice instead.
The Small Claims Court also can not hear disputes involving amounts greater than $35,000. For example, if you want to sue someone for $80,000, you would have to bring your claim in the Superior Court of Justice.
To find out if the Small Claims Court can help you with your legal dispute, call us right now for your consultation at (647) 360-7147.
A frequently asked question is whether lawyers are allowed in Small Claims Court in Ontario. The short answer is, yes, absolutely. There is no requirement to have a lawyer at Small Claims Court, but with the Small Claims Court’s limit recently raised from $25,000 to $35,000, many people prefer to have a lawyer represent them at Small Claims Court.
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In Ontario, the Small Claims Court process looks like this:
First, a Plaintiff (the person suing) files a Plaintiff’s Claim with the Small Claims Court. This document sets out who the Plaintiff is suing, why, and for how much. Filing a Plaintiff’s Claim with the court formally starts the lawsuit process.
Second, the Plaintiff’s Claim is served on the Defendant (the person the Plaintiff is suing). The Defendant will then have 20 days to file their Defence, which will likely either deny the Plaintiff’s allegations or set out their own version of events.
Third, a settlement conference will take place. These settlement conferences used to take place face-to-face at the courthouse. As of November 23, 2020, however, these settlement conferences are now being heard remotely either through telephone or video conference for social distancing. As the name suggests, the settlement conference is an opportunity for the Plaintiff and Defendant to reach a settlement. The conference is a short meeting where the Plaintiff and their lawyer speak with the Defendant and their lawyer in front of a deputy judge of the Small Claims Court and see if a mutually satisfactory settlement can be reached.
Fourth, if a settlement is unable to be reached, the final step is to proceed to trial, where the Plaintiff will have an opportunity to show the judge documents and call witnesses proving their case and the Defendant will have an opportunity to show the judge their documents and call their own witnesses to explain why they think they should not be held liable.
At Powell Litigation, we offer affordable flat rates for each of these different stages of the Small Claims Court process. Call us right now at (647) 360-7147 to see how we can help you.
Generally speaking, the timeline for a Small Claims Court case in Ontario looks like this:
The Plaintiff’s Claim is delivered and the Defendant files their Defence within 20 days.
Several months after the Defendant has filed their Defence, the settlement conference will take place.
If a trial is required after the settlement conference, it will usually take at least another six months before the court schedules a trial.
*Note that these are approximate timelines that are accurate at the time of writing: November 23, 2020. If there are adjournments or motions brought, these timelines can be dragged out significantly.
If you have been served with a Plaintiff’s Claim, you must file your Defence within 20 days of the date that you received a copy of the Plaintiff’s Claim. For example, if you receive a copy of the Plaintiff’s Claim on November 10th, you would have to file your Defence by November 30th.
If you do not file a Defence, the Plaintiff may seek default judgment. Default judgment is where the Plaintiff alerts the court that they have served you with the lawsuit but you have not defended, and so asks for an automatic or “default” judgment. To protect yourself, it is very important that you do not miss the deadline to file your Defence.
From there, the process follows the steps outlined above in, “How Does Small Claims Court Work in Ontario?”
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