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I need to take someone to small claims court

Last reviewed in February 2023 by the Clicklaw Editors

Small claims court is designed to be a "do-it-yourself" kind of court, where ordinary people can handle their own cases. Small Claims court usually handles cases where the claim amount ranges from $5001 to $35,000. The Provincial Court of British Columbia website has a guide on Small Claims Cases that can help you learn more about the types of disputes that you can bring before Small Claims Court.

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.
  • Small Claims How-to Guides, from the Government of BC, has a series of step-by-step guides that provide an overview of the small claims process, the steps involved, and answers to commonly asked questions.
  • 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.
  • Solution Explorer - Small Claims, from the Civil Resolution Tribunal, can help you if you are thinking about making a Civil Resolutions Tribunal claim.

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