Introduction to Small Claims (20:I)

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Most people with legal claims under $35,000 are not lawyers and do not have the benefit of legal representation. It can be challenging to choose how to resolve a dispute and how much to claim. While this guide primarily focuses on the Small Claims Court, it briefly reviews other options for resolving disputes, including the new Civil Resolution Tribunal for Small Claims up to $5,000 in British Columbia.

If you are a party to a small claims action, take the time to read this guide in its entirety. If you fail to comply with the rules, the process may be delayed, your claim or defence may be weakened, and you may be liable to pay costs and penalties to the other party. Reading this guide will help you be more prepared and minimise confusion.

This guide is meant to explain the general Small Claims Court process; it is not legal advice. Read the guide along with the Small Claims Court rules and obtain legal advice where necessary.


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