What is Small Claims Court?

The information in this guide is an overview of the legislation and rules governing Small Claims Court. In this guide:

  • What kinds of cases go to Small Claims Court?
  • How much will it cost me to make or defend a claim in the Small Claims Court?
  • If I am successful, how will I collect my money?
  • How long do I have to start a claim?
  • In which Small Claims Court office should I file my claim?
  • What proof do I need to support a claim?
  • Do I have to know "legal language?"
  • Who can represent me in Small Claims Court?
  • How do I find a lawyer or paralegal?
  • What if I need an interpreter for myself or one of my witnesses?
  • What if I need visual language interpretation because I am hearing impaired?
  • What if I need a publication (for example a guide or form) in a different format?
  • What is an example of a typical dispute and process?