Ontario Small Claims Court Practice 2021

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Ontario Small Claims Court Practice features comprehensive commentary pertaining to the Rules and Forms of Small Claims Court in Ontario.
Simplified, plain language overviews: A self-help chapter outlines the practicalities of going the small claims route both for quick references and help in explaining the process to others.
Easy-to-follow flow charts: Guides you through the process of bringing or defending a claim, and outlines your options at each stage.
A detailed practice and procedure guide: Youll find a thorough explanation of every aspect of bringing or defending a claim:
  • Fees and costs
  • Going to the right court
  • Flow charts
  • Paralegals
  • Settlement conferences
  • Enforcement proceedings
  • Contempt hearings
  • Orders from other courts and jurisdictions
  • Unrepresented litigants
  • Role of the Judge
Practice Advisor for Ontario Small Claims Court Practice will be provided every three months by email to standing order subscribers upon request, at no extra cost.
New in this 40th Anniversary Edition
All legislative amendments to Ontario Gazette Vol. 153:22 (May 30, 2020)
Amendments to the Courts of Justice Act including S.O. 2019, c. 7, Sched. 15
Updated Preface, updated Recent Amendments to the Small Claims Court Legislation and updated Survey of Recent Case Law Affecting Small Claims Court
"Hot Topics" including:
  • monetary jurisdiction of the small claims court
  • increase in amounts increased costs orders in the Small Claims Court
  • no civil cause of action for harassment
  • determination of pre-judgment interest rates in personal injury
  • anti-SLAPP motions
  • representation orders in Small Claims Courts
  • Small Claims Court jurisdiction over residential tenancies
  • powers of settlement conference judge
Discussion of recent rules amendments
Updated case law and commentary, including all significant new court decisions throughout Canada, both reported and unreported, such as:
  • Heafy v. Craig, [2020] O.J. No. 1142 (Sm. Cl. Ct.) (jurisdiction over landlord and tenant matters)
  • M.Y.A. Contracting Inc. v. Cavé City Developers Corp., [2020] O.J. No. 1155 (Sm. Cl. Ct.) (changes to Small claims Court monetary limit)
  • Kreppner v. HMQ, 2020 ONSC 70 (motions for an order transferring the Small Claims Court actions to the Superior Court of Justice)
  • Carola v. Simpson, 2020 ONSC 183 (consideration of appellate review of reasons given on Small Claims Court actions)


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