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Provincial Court Resources for Everyone: Small Claims Court
Are you suing someone or being sued for $25,000 or less in Provincial Court? For debt, damages, personal property or specific performance of a contract?

This page directs you to helpful info on the Small Claims Court process.

Note: On June 1, 2017, the limit for small claims will increase to $35,000 from $25,000. The Civil Resolution Tribunal will also begin accepting small claims disputes up to $5,000. See the Provincial Court's resource, Important Changes to Small Claims Court for more information.

Use this handy chart on Where to resolve your Small Claims case:

Claim Amount Until May 31, 2017 June 1, 2017 Onwards
Up to $5000 Small Claims Court (BC Provincial Court) Civil Resolution Tribunal (Online) - a few exceptions
$5001 to $25,000 Small Claims Court (BC Provincial Court) Small Claims Court (BC Provincial Court)
$25,001 to $35,000 BC Supreme Court Small Claims Court (BC Provincial Court)
$35,001 or more BC Supreme Court BC Supreme Court

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Small Claims BC good overview of Small Claims Process

From Justice Education Society (JES): Settling out of court (includes Online Dispute Resolution), Filing a Notice of Claim, Replying to a Claim, How to file court forms, Collecting on Judgment, Appeals.
Court Processes for the following locations: Vancouver (Robson Square), Richmond, and all other locations.

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Being Sued in Small Claims Court | your options if you are sued

From the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch: Do not ignore a Notice of Claim. What are the different ways to respond?

Small Claims Court Factsheets | 21 varied factsheets

From the Law Centre, University of Victoria: Includes definitions, steps in a small claims lawsuit, and help on preparing paperwork. These factsheets cover helpful specifics, such as: the Settlement Conference, Default Orders, Default Hearings, Offers to Settle, Appealing an Order, Garnishing Orders, etc.

Small Claims – Procedural Guides | Ministry of Justice Booklets

From the Ministry of Justice BC: Titles include: What is Small Claims, Making & Replying to a Claim, Serving Documents, Getting Ready for Court, Mediation, Getting Results (enforcing payment orders). Step-by-step instructions on how to fill out a Notice of Civil Claim, with examples.

Small Claims Court Forms | Ministry of Justice Forms

From the Ministry of Justice BC: PDF programmed forms for Small Claims. Links to the Small Claims Filing Assistant and explains how to file electronically through Court Services Online (CSO).

Understanding a Small Claims Court Trial | detailed explanation of trial

From the Provincial Court: How to Prepare for trial, Court Trial Procedure, and Types of Evidence to use.

Preparing for Small Claims Court
 | shorter checklist for trial prep

From the Provincial Court: You are responsible for knowing the Rules and for preparing and presenting your case.

Organizing Documents for Small Claims Court | get your documents in order

From the Provincial Court: Have your evidence organized as early as possible – it can save you work later on.

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Last reviewed May 2017
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