Common Questions

I need to take someone to small claims court

Small claims court is designed to be a "do-it-yourself" kind of court, where ordinary people can handle their own cases, whichever side they're on. Small claims court is for claims up to $35,000.

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

Good starting points include: 

  • Small Claims BC, from the Justice Education Society, is a website that provides information and videos about what to expect in small claims court. If you are going to court in Vancouver or Richmond, this site has information about the special small claims procedures in those locations.
  • Making a Claim in Small Claims Court, from the provincial government, explains what is involved in taking someone to small claims court. It provides step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the notice of claim, with examples. This guide is part of a series of Small Claims Guides from the provincial government.
  • Small claims court forms are available online from the provincial government. The forms are in a PDF format that you can fill out and print. Also available is the Small Claims Court Filing Assistant, which is designed to help you complete small claims court forms online.
  • Small Claims Court Factsheets: Starting a Lawsuit, from the University of Victoria Law Centre, covers the steps you should take before starting a lawsuit in small claims court, and how to prepare the paperwork needed to start the lawsuit. There are 19 other Small Claims Court Factsheets in the series that explain more details about small claims court.

The Civil Resolution Tribunal's Solution Explorer is available for Small Claims matters. Find free legal information and self-help tools, and also apply for dispute resolution for claims $5000 and under.

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Last reviewed July 2017
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