Do I Need Professional Help to Sue in Small Claims Court?
Small Claims Court does not Mean Simple Court! Cases Can be Brought for Up to $35,000 involving Complex Legal Matters and while Laypersons are Permitted to Represent Themselves, Professional Representation Likely Offers the Greatest Chance for Success.
Benchmark Legal Offices Works Hard Putting Your Best Case Forward
As per the Ministry of the Attorney General, the busiest civil litigation court in Ontario is the Small Claims Court. With the busiest docket of matters to hear as well as a mandate to hear proceedings in an expeditious 'summary fashion', hiring the professional assistance of Benchmark Legal Offices helps ensure that your best case is presented and heard.
Actions brought in what is called the Small Claims Court occur in the Superior Court of Justice. Accordingly, what is known as the Small Claims Court is actually somewhat of a misnomer. It is perhaps better to think of the Small Claims Court as a civil litigation court department assigned to handle a subset of cases involving claims for compensation up to $25,000 per Plaintiff (increased to $35,000 effective January 2020) plus legal costs and interest. Another difference is that cases brought in the Small Claims Court are usually heard by Deputy Judges. The Deputy Judges are lawyers with at least ten years experience who are appointed to act as part-time judges in the Small Claims Court. Still another key difference is that Small Claims Court cases are conducted in accordance to Rules of the Small Claims Court which are a trimmed down set of procedural rules that help ensure small claims cases progress expeditiously from beginning to end.
With claims of up to $35,000 per Plaintiff, cases in the Small Claims Court are rarely viewed as 'small' to most people; and accordingly, Benchmark Legal Offices treats these, and all matters, with utmost importance. Furthermore, whereas these claims may involve legal issues just as complex as the cases litigated in the higher civil court, such is another reason why professional services of Benchmark Legal Offices may be of great importance.