If you are a plaintiff or a defendant in small claims court in Ontario, contact Civil Litigations today. If we can't represent you, we can put you in contact with experienced lawyers who can, and we can also connect you to some great resources if you plan on representing yourself. The good news is that small claims court in Ontario is set up with simple rules using plain language so that everyday people can represent themselves and save money. Of course, Civil Paralegal strongly recommends obtaining legal counsel in most cases.
Why Should You Pay for Legal Counsel When You Can Represent Yourself?
A lot of people who set out to save a little money by representing themselves end up losing a lot of money by doing so. This is true of both plaintiffs and defendants. The fact is; regardless of what kind of court you're in, it is almost always advisable to obtain legal representation. This is true even when the facts are on your side. Think of it like this; you wouldn't try to perform surgery on yourself! Instead, you would seek the services of someone who specialized in that particular field and who was qualified to perform the surgery for you. Even if you had a working knowledge of the processes, one mistake would likely be very costly. Therefore, apply the same standard to courtrooms. You should always have an expert legal scholar advocating for you in court.
Is a Lawyer Better than a Paralegal?
There are some cases where you will need a lawyer. However, for small claims cases, a paralegal will do. Paralegals are much cheaper than lawyers, and we can do everything lawyers can do. Civil Litigations can give you the same services that a seasoned lawyer would give you in small claims court in Ontario for only a fraction of what a law firm would charge you.
What Exactly is Small Claims Court?
Small claims court is where the court hears civil cases where the person who is suing is claiming $25,000 or less in damages. Fees for filing a claim in small claims court are much cheaper than in other courts, and the trials are typically much shorter.
What Factors Do Judges Consider if a Civil Case Goes to Trial?
In a civil case, a judge considers the legal rules that apply to a dispute and listens to both sides of the case in order to determine which version of the facts is more probable. This is a where a paralegal or a lawyer can really help your case! A civil case is decided on the balance of probabilities. "Balance of Probabilities is the legal term for what is known as the burden of proof in a civil case.
A civil case in small claims court has no jury if it goes to trial. The judge is the "judge, jury, and the executioner" in these cases. He or she will hear the case, decide which version of the facts is correct, and make a decision about what kind of damages resulted and how much should be awarded if anything. Contact Civil Litigations today for a free consultation and to talk about your case in small claims court in Ontario.