Ministry of Justice

Small Claims

Small claims court is a "do-it-yourself" court, where members of the public who are not lawyers can handle their own cases for amounts under $25,000. 

It is a court of law, but its rules and procedures are designed to make it as easy as possible for people to resolve their disputes.  The court process is also intended to be less expensive and less demanding than other courts, such as the Supreme Court. 

Small claims court users are encouraged to settle their claims by agreement. If necessary, there will be a trial and a judge or a justice of the peace will decide the claim.