In the OSSC, the monetary limit is $25,000. This means that individuals and business can sue each other and represent themselves in civil claims that involve amounts up until amounts of money less than $25,000.
Those who represent themselves are often successful because the Ontario Small Claims Court offers a simplified, less formal more affordable option to recover money that is owed to you.
- The Ontario Small Claims Court process involves one party filing and serving a Plaintiffs Claim upon another party.
- The party who is sued then has an opportunity to file a Defense.
- If they file a Defense the parties will attend a pre-trial or settlement conference with a judge where they will discuss the issues and try to come to some form of a settlement.
- If no settlement is reached, the matter will go to trial.
The only complicated part of the Ontario Small Claims process is figuring out which forms you will need to complete, how to complete them, how to file them etc…
Here are your options (listed most affordable, to least affordable):
1. Use an online service like Easy Court to create your forms online. This service offers an online, point and click tutorial and at the end all of the required forms are available, pre-populated and ready to be filed.
2. You can pay a paralegal to prepare and file your forms
3. You can try to do it yourself at the local Small Claims Court. We list this as the third most expensive option because it could involve time off work, paying for parking and more…
4. You can pay a lawyer.
No matter which you choose, the fact remains that you can represent yourself. If you think you have a complicated legal problem we always recommend that you seek legal advice.