Is Small Claims Court Like What Is Shown On TV?
Watching a Reality TV Court Show and Actually Conducting a Small Claims Court Case Are Very Different Whereas the Small Claims Court Is a Genuine Court of Law That Operates As a Division of the Superior Court of Justice Using a Unique Set of Procedural Rules.
A Helpful Guide to Understanding Why It Is Called the Small Claims Court Rather Than the Simple Cases Court
A case in the Small Claims Court may involve legal issues that are just as complicated, and sometimes even more complicated, than a case in the higher court that handles matters above the $35,000 limit applicable to Small Claims Court (the limit of $35,000 became effective January 1 2020). Do note that court costs and legal representative costs, are exclusive from the $35,000 limit.
The Procedural Law
Similarly to legal disputes for amounts over the $35,000 limit of the Small Claims Court, as are litigated within the higher court, a Small Claims Court case involves a procedural set of rules that apply and govern the stages and steps within the process of how a legal matter is conducted. Additionally, the substantive law specific to the issues within the legal dispute also apply. For a Small Claims Court case, the Rules of the Small Claims Court set out the procedural law as, essentially, a how to manual for the requirements of conducting a Small Claims Court case. This procedural law prescribes the documents required as well as a general step-by-step outline for how a case moves from one stage to another stage.
For sources of further helpful information regarding the rules of procedure and forms applicable to the Small Claims Court, see:
- Ministry of the Attorney General, Small Claims Court
- Small Claims Court Forms
- Rules of the Small Claims Court
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