Professional Small Claims Court Services, Just Cause Advocacy
Just Cause Advocacy has been representing the Ontarians in Small Claims Courts for several years now. We help companies, individuals, finance companies, small businesses, and corporations in the Small Claims Courts of Ontario & Toronto for the recovery of any amount of money owing to them.
Our extensive experience in Ontario Small Claims Courts, means we have the right knowledge, equipment, and resources to represent you professionally and in the proper way. We can assist you with the entire legal process of Small Claims Court in Ontario from the start to the end.
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What is Small Claims Court?
The term”Small Claims Court” has existed under various names in Ontario since colonial times, and it is a branch of the Superior Court of Justice. These Courts are designed to settle small civil disputes in which one party sues another party for some form of private relief and parties can represent themselves. Procedures are simple and informal compared to the Superior Court.
These are actually a branch of the Superior Court of Justice
- Civil trial court
- No jury trials
- Standard of proof: balance of probabilities
- No criminal or quasi-criminal jurisdiction
- The relief sought is usually money
Access to Justice:
Litigation can be expensive and time-consuming – especially if we take into account legal representation fees and disbursements.
What Is Jurisdiction?
One of the most common questions asked Jurisdiction refers to the court’s area of legal authority over – does the court have the legal authority to make a judgment over:
- subject matter
- money amounts the court may award
- the geographical area where the court may make orders
What is monetary jurisdiction?
The highest amount of money or maximum value of the personal property a party may get back in a Court action, excluding interest and costs. Currently, the monetary jurisdiction of the Small Claims Court is $25,000, excluding interest and costs (CJA, O. Reg. 626/00)
What if the amount in dispute is slightly more than $25,000?
The plaintiff may choose to waive or abandon the excess in order to bring the action in the Small Claims Court summary procedure. A plaintiff who waives or abandons part of her claim forever loses the right to recover that part. Rule 6.02 prevents plaintiffs from splitting an action to overcome limitations.
Case Examples of Small Claims Court:
- Unpaid loans
- Property damage
- Personal injury
- Breach of contract
- Wrongful dismissal
- Disputes over services
- Car repairs
- Moving companies
- Building contractors
Judges in Small Claims Court can only deal with cases where the cause of action arose in the Province of Ontario. Rule 6.01 states that an action shall be commenced in the territorial division in which the cause of action arose or in which the defendant resides or carries on business or at the court nearest to where the defendant resides or carries on business. A judge has the power to hold the trial in another place where the balance of convenience favors the new location.
Small Claims Court FAQ
Who May Represent a Party at the Small Claims Court?
A person licensed under the Law Society Act to practice law or provide legal services in Ontario (CJA, s. 26). Non-licensees who fall within the exemptions (Law Society Act, s. 1(8) and By-law 4, s. 28, 30). Court may exclude from a hearing a non-licensee appearing on behalf of the party if the court finds that the non-licensee is not competent to properly represent the party, or does not understand and comply at the hearing with the duties and responsibilities of an advocate (CJA, s. 26).
Just Cause Advocacy is your best choice when you are looking for a paralegal to represent you at a small claims court. Our Paralegals have extensive knowledge and experience and are ready to help you with any legal matters.
Can a paralegal represent you in small claims court Toronto?
Knowledgeable and licensed paralegal can help you with representation. Our Toronto Paralegals provide legal help to residents of Ontario with any legal matters under $25,000.00. If you believe that your case is more than CA$25,000.00 you can proceed with lawyers, or if it’s slightly higher than that amount, you will be able to wave some amount. If you chose to do so, you could save a lot on the cost of lawyers which charges more than a paralegal in Toronto.
Can you sue someone who owes you money in a Small Claims Court Ontario?
Before you go ahead and sue a person, it’s recommended that you try to work things out yourself and if he/she refuses to pay your money, you can call Just Cause Advocacy to sue the person in a small claims court. Our paralegals can file a lawsuit in a Small Claims Court, and we will represent you in court to sue the person who owes you money.
How much does it cost to go to a small claims litigation process?
As of July 2019, It costs $102 for initial file and it costs $40 to file a defense cost. Using a paralegal service from Just Cause Advocacy in Toronto can help you win the case. If the case is won, you can ask the judge for parts of your costs up to 15% of the actual claim. In most cases when you have a paralegal, you can win the case and get most of your money back which is worth it to go to file a claim in Small Claims Courts Toronto.
How much does a Paralegal Charges for small claims in Toronto?
Depends on the service you request from Just Cause Advocacy and your claim; and because of this difference we have placed a FREE CONSULTATION for our customers to ask about our prices. With paying this amount, our paralegal will handle all your paperwork, and we will represent you in the court. There are ways that our paralegals can advise so you won’t pay anything at the court and to get back all your money.