In Ontario, the Small Claims Court has jurisdiction to hear a wide range of civil matters. Currently, the maximum claim in the Small Claims Court is $25,000.00. However, changes are coming soon!
Starting January 1st, 2020, the Small Claims Court’s monetary maximum will be increasing from $25,000.00 to $35,000.00.
This will be of great benefit to litigants who are pursuing claims up to the new maximum. The process in the Small Claims Court is more streamlined compared to the more onerous process in the Superior Court of Justice. The change may also save litigants in legal fees. At present, only Lawyers are permitted to represent clients in the Superior Court of Justice which can result in higher legal fees, whereas Paralegals are permitted to represent clients in the Small Claims Court. With the increased limit, Paralegals will be able to provide legal services to more litigants at a more affordable rate.
To discuss your Small Claims Court matter with a Paralegal, contact MacDonald, Charette & Associates to book your appointment.