Governing Legislation and Resources for Small Claims (20:II)

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1. Legislation


Business Corporations Act, SBC 2002, c 57. Website:

Canada Business Corporations Act, RSC 1985, c C-44. Website:

Consumer Protection

Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, SBC 2004, c 2. Website:


Court Order Enforcement Act, RSBC 1996, c 78. Website:

Court Order Interest Act, RSBC 1996, c 79. Website:

The Enforcement of Canadian Judgments and Decrees Act, SBC 2003, c 29. Website:

Court Rules

Bill 19, Civil Resolution Tribunal Amendment Act, 2015, 4th Sess, 40th Parl, British Columbia, 2015 (assented to May 14th, 2015). Website:

Court of Appeal Act, RSBC 1996, c 77. Website:

Court of Appeal Rules, BC Reg 297/2001. Website:

Court Rules Act, RSBC 1996, c 80. Website:

Judicial Review Procedure Act, RSBC 1996, c 241. Website:

Small Claims Act, RSBC 1996, c 430. Website:

Small Claims Rules, BC Reg 261/93. Website:

Supreme Court Act, RSBC 1996, c 443. Website:

Supreme Court Civil Rules, BC Reg 168/2009. Website:

Other Important Statutes

Crown Proceeding Act, RSBC 1996, c 89. Website:

Employment Standards Act, RSBC 1996, c 113. Website:

Evidence Act, RSBC l996, c 124. Website:

Insurance (Vehicle) Act, RSBC 1996, c 231. Website:

(Old) Limitation Act, RSBC 1996 c 266. Website:

(New) Limitation Act, SBC 2012, c 13. Website:

Local Government Act, RSBC 1996, c 323. Website:

Motor Vehicle Act, RSBC 1996, c 318. Website:

Personal Property Security Act, RSBC 1996, c 359. Website:

Residential Tenancy Act, SBC 2002, c 78. Website:

Sale of Goods Act, RSBC 1996, c 410. Website:

Strata Property Act, SBC 1998, c 43. Website:

Law and Equity Act, RSBC 1996, c 253. Website:

Wills, Estates and Succession Act, SBC 2009, c 13. Website:

Court Jurisdiction and Proceedings Transfer Act, SBC 2003, c 28. Website:

2. Books

Bullen, Leake, Jacob, and Goldrein. Bullen and Leake and Jacob’s Precedents of Pleadings, 15th ed. (London: Sweet and Maxwell, 2004).

Burdett, E. (Ed.). Small Claims Act and Rules—Annotated. (Vancouver, B.C.: The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, Dec 2014).

Celap, M. and Larmondin, P.J. Small Claims Court for the Everyday Canadian. (North Vancouver, B.C.: Self-Counsel Press, 2000).

Fraser, Horn and Griffen. The Conduct of Civil Litigation in British Columbia. 2nd ed. (Markham: Butterworths, 2007).

Keating, M. Small Claims Court Guide for British Columbia. (North Vancouver, B.C.: Self-Counsel Press, 1992).

Martinson, D.J. (Manual Coordinator). Small Claims Court—1994. (Vancouver, B.C.: The Continuing Society of British Columbia, April 1994).

Mauet, Casswell, and MacDonald. Fundamentals of Trial Techniques 2d Canadian ed. (Toronto: Little Brown, 1995).

McLachlin and Taylor, British Columbia Court Forms. (Markham, Ont.: LexisNexis Canada, 2005).

Moore Publishing. (Ed.) Small Claims Practice Manual, 3rd Ed. (Richmond, B.C.: Moore Publishing Ltd, 1999).

UBC Law Review Society. (Eds.) Table of Statutory Limitations for the Province of British Columbia, Revised and Consolidated. (Vancouver, B.C.: University of British Columbia Law Review Publication, 2006).

Vogt, J. (Ed.). Provincial Court Small Claims Handbook. (Vancouver, B.C.: The Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia, January 1997).

3. Websites

Provincial Court Judgment Database

  • Contains selected decisions from 1999 to the present.

Provincial Courthouses Directory

  • Contains Small Claims Court locations

British Columbia Court of Appeal and Supreme Court Judgment Database

Small Claims Court

  • Provides information on court procedure and the full text of the Small Claims Rules.

Small Claims Fees

Small Claims Forms

Small Claims Pilot Project


  • Caselaw and legislation database.

4. Other Resources

UBC Law Library

  • Most of the books listed above are available in the Law Library. The Small Claims Acts and Rules Annotated and the Provincial Court Small Claims Handbook, published by the Continuing Legal Education Society (CLE), are recent publications written by Small Claims Court judges. They include the Act, Rules, and copies of all of the forms. Students can access an online edition of the Provincial Court Small Claims Handbook on the UBC Law Library website.

Court Registry


  • DIAL-A-LAW ((604) 687-4680) is a library of pre-recorded messages on a variety of legal topics available by telephone 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Lawyers under the supervision of the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch, prepare the tapes. Several tapes deal with Small Claims Court. The content of the tapes is also available online:

BC Supreme Court Self-Help Information Centre

Online Website
Address 290– 800 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2C5

Company Search

To search for a provincially regulated company, the client may request a company or society search in person:

Surrey Board of Trade

Address 101 – 14439 104th Ave
Surrey, BC V3R 1M1
Phone (604) 581-7130
Toll-free: 1-866-848-7130

Small Business B.C.

Address 54 - 601 West Cordova St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1G1
Phone (604) 775-5525
Toll-free in B.C.: 1-800-667-2272

Registrar of Companies

Address 940 Blanshard Street
Victoria, BC V8W 2H3
Phone (250) 387-7848
Vancouver: (604) 660-2421
Toll-free in B.C.: 1-877-526-1526

The client may also write to:

Registrar of Companies
P.O. Box 9431

Station Provincial Government

Victoria, BC V8W 9V3

For more information about searching for provincial companies, refer to:

Partnerships and non-profit societies are also registered in the company directory and would show up in a search. In cases that involve franchises, it is important to do a company search to see how the other party is registered; it may be possible to sue the parent company and the individual who owns the franchise rights. The search costs $10 and cheques should be made payable to the Minister of Finance.

If Unincorporated:

Online Website
Address City of Vancouver Licence Office
515 West 10th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4A8
Phone (604) 873-7611

To search for a federally regulated company, refer to:

Online Website
Address Industry Canada
C.D. Howe Building
235 Queen Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H5

A collection of useful company directories can be found on the Industry Canada website under the “Programs and Services” heading. Federal corporations can be searched free of charge online.

NOTE: If the defendant is a business, it may be worth checking if that defendant has declared bankruptcy. To do so contact Industry Canada’s Head Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy at (613) 941-2863 for free.

Translation and Support Services

To find support services and resources, including agencies and people that can provide translation services, please visit:


Online Website
Address 1720 Grant St, 2nd Floor
Vancouver, BCV5L 2Y7
Phone (604) 254-9626
Fax: (604) 254-3932

Society of Translators and Interpreters of B.C.

Online Website
Phone (604) 684-2940
Fax: (604) 684-2947


Online Website
Phone (604) 597-0205
Fax: (604) 597-4299


Online Website
Phone (604) 660-2421
Toll Free: 1-800-663-7867


Online Website
Phone (604) 584-5811
Fax: (604) 584-7628


Online Website
Phone (604) 684-1628
Fax: (604) 408-7326

Westcoast Association of Visual Language Interpreters

Online Website

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Online Website
Phone 1-888-242-2100

Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of B.C.

Online Website
Phone (604) 718-2780
Fax: (604) 298-0747

Safe Harbour

Online Website

Immigrant Services Society of B.C.

Online Website
Phone (604) 684-2561
Fax: (604) 684-2266

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