This course provides a step-by-step guide to trial preparation and trial presentation in the Small Claims Court. Important topics include the decision to sue, investigating claims, collection procedures, and the process of commencing the action, bringing it to trial, and enforcing judgements. This is an important permitted area of practice for licensed paralegals in Ontario, even more so as of January 1, 2010 when the monetary jurisdiction of the court was raised to $25,000. Students will work with the Small Claims Court rules and forms and will learn how to draft Small Claims Court pleadings and motions. The course will address the professional standards of the Law Society of Upper Canada for Small Claims advocacy.
Introduction to the Legal System and Civil Litigation or equivalent knowledge and experience.
Students enrolled in this course receive text and/or other related resource materials. There is a final exam to evaluate student progress for this course. Participants who receive 70% or higher overall will receive a certificate.
Module 1: Introduction to Small Claims Court
Module 2: Preliminary Considerations and Commencing an Action
Module 3: Drafting, Issuing, and Serving the Claim
Module 4: Default Proceedings; Defence
Module 5: Motions
Module 6: Settlement Conference and Hearings
Module 7: Trial Hearing and Motion for New Trial
Module 8: Enforcement of Judgments
Program: Legal Programs
Of interest to: Individuals interested in pursuing a career in a law firm, or legal office, and who wish to broaden their knowledge of small claims courts.
Course aim: To familiarize students with small claims court in the province of Ontario.
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