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Where do I start for information on Small Claims Court?

Last reviewed in April 2022 by the Clicklaw Editors 

Are you suing someone or being sued in BC Provincial Court? For debt, damages, personal property or specific performance of a contract?

Use the online resources listed here to help you learn how to deal with your matter at Small Claims Court (BC Provincial Court), which generally hears cases between $5,001 and $35,000.

Most claims up to $5,000, some vehicle accident claims up to $50,000, and some claims involving strata corporations are dealt with online by the Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT).

The table below outlines where you can go to resolve your small claims matter. For more information on the types of disputes that you can bring to Small Claims Court, visit the Small Claims Cases page of the BC Provincial Court website.

Claim Amount Where to Go
Up to $5,000 Civil Resolution Tribunal* (online) - a few exceptions
$5,001 to $35,000 Small Claims Court (BC Provincial Court) - except for some claims related to motor vehicle accidents and claims involving strata corporations*
$35,001 or more BC Supreme Court


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Resources from BC Provincial Court


The Provincial Court of BC has put together information you can use to deal with your small claims case. Go to Small Claims Cases on their website, where you can find the following guides and more to help you prepare for your settlement conference and trial:

Resources from the Provincial Government


The Ministry of Attorney General provides small claims guides and court forms.  


Small Claims How-To Guides

  • A series of guides providing an overview of the process, the steps in a typical case, and FAQs. 
  • Includes: making a claim, replying to a claim, serving documents, getting ready for court, getting results (enforcing payment orders), and mediation. Step-by-step instructions on how to fill out a Notice of Claim, with examples. 
  • PDF files for each guide are available for you to download and print. 
  • Simplified Trials - information about trials at the Richmond and Robson Square, Vancouver courthouses for cases betwen $5001 to $10,000. 


Small Claims Court Forms  

 

Need more information?


Small Claims BC by Justice Education Society

  • A comprehensive guide helping you learn about small claims, all in one website.
  • Includes: overview, starting a claim, court process, preparing your case, after trial.
  • You can ask questions by live chat.

 

Need help?


The following services can help with free legal advice if you meet their financial eligibility requirements.
 


The following services provide other assistance you may need throughout the process.
 

  • Justice Education Society's Ask JES provides help with legal information and resources. Call/text 1-855-875-8867 or use live chat on their website.
  • Courthouse Libraries BC provides legal information services via a network of libraries in BC courthouses. Call 1-800-665-2570 or email librarian@courthouselibrary.ca before visiting our library for help with legal research and access to public computers, print materials, and legal databases.
  • AC Friends of Court helps with completing court forms and preparing for a virtual court session. Book an appointment on their website. 


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*For most claims up to $5,000, you will use the online Civil Resolution Tribunal (CRT). Visit civilresolutionbc.ca to access CRT's Small Claims Solution Explorer, the first step in dispute resolution. If you had a vehicle accident between April 1, 2019 and April 30, 2021, the CRT can also take claims about minor injury determinations and fault and damages up to $50,000.

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