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Being Sued in Small Claims Court

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If a notice of claim names you as a defendant in a Small Claims Court lawsuit, learn what options you have, how to act on them, and what happens next.
For most claims, the court will schedule a '''settlement conference'''. The registry will tell you the date and time for the conference. You must attend. The judge will give their opinion of the case during the conference. If the claim cannot be settled, it will go to '''trial'''.
You can try to resolve the claim any time before trial. If the claim is over $10,000, you or the other party can file a '''notice to mediate''', which will result in a '''mediation session'''. There, a neutral mediator will try to help you both come to an agreement on the issues. See our information on [[Going to Trial in Small Claims Court (Script No. 168)|going to trial in Small Claims Court (no. 168)]] for more on this option, as well as what happens at trial.
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===With your case===
You do not need a lawyer to go to Small Claims Court. But you'll probably better understand the process, as well as the strength of your case, if you get '''legal advice'''. If you have limited means, you might be able to get legal help from pro bono services, a student legal clinic, or an advocate. See our information on [[Free and Low -Cost and Free Legal Services Help (Script No. 430)|free and low-cost legal help (no. 430)]].
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[updated August 2017]
'''The above was last reviewed for legal accuracy by [ Anna Kurt], Ganapathi Law Group.'''
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