Resources

Small Claims Court
This website will teach you about Small Claims Court, where you may handle your own case for claims between $5,001 and $35,000. You will see answers to common questions about the court and learn about what cases the court hears. 

Small Claims: Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice provides helpful information and a series of guides to help British Columbians learn about this “do-it-yourself” division of the Provincial Court of BC. This website also includes court forms, a filing assistant and a current list of court fees.

Dial-A-Law Small Claims Court Scripts
The BC branch of the Canadian Bar Association has prepared a number of helpful audio and text scripts – most are available in English, Chinese and Punjabi. To listen to a script on the telephone, call 604-687-3221 (Vancouver) or toll free in BC: 1-800-663-1919. The website provides text versions of the scripts as well as print friendly versions.

Courtprep (Prepare for Court)
An interactive website that helps to prepare for court. It explains the justice system process, features an interactive virtual courtroom, and offers tips for witnesses. Available in English and French.

Alternatives to Going to Court
Some legal disputes can be solved more effectively, faster and cheaper outside the court. This guidebook gives an overview of alternatives to court, such as negotiation, mediation, neutral evaluation, and arbitration.

The Law Centre: Small Claims Court Factsheets
The Small Claims Court factsheets are a series of 21 resources that help individuals navigate the steps that may be taken in a Small Claims Court lawsuit. The Law Centre is a service of the University of Victoria Faculty of Law that provides advice, assistance and representation to clients who cannot afford a lawyer.

LSLAP Manual: Small Claims Procedure
The UBC Law Students’ Legal Advice Program (LSPAP) publishes a manual that covers many legal issues. Chapter 22: Small Claims Procedure provides information about the initial interview, settlement letters, notices of claim (and replies), default orders, mediation, settlement conferences, trial conferences, trials, enforcement of judgments and appeals from small claims court.

Clicklaw
Couldn’t find the right resource? Search Clicklaw.
Clicklaw is a website that features legal information and education from more than 24 public legal education contributors. The resources available through Clicklaw were designed to be used by the public and those helping the public access legal information. Clicklaw: Solve Problems. Find Help.

More Small Claims Court Resources

Transition from PWD Benefits to Old Age Benefits
This Help Sheet explains the transition from provincial disability benefits (PWD) to Old Age Benefits. More details
Borrowing Money
Practical, step-by-step information on your legal rights and responsibilities when borrowing money. Topics include getting a payday loan, cancelling a payday loan, borrowing money from a friend or relative, co-signing or guaranteeing a loan, lending someone money, and student loans. More details
Credit Reports
Practical, step-by-step information on credit reports. Topics include ordering your credit report, who has access to your credit report, fixing a mistake on your credit report, improving your credit score, and taking charge of your credit report. More details
Dealing with Debt
Practical, step-by-step information on your legal rights and responsibilities when dealing with debt. Topics include steps to take in dealing with debt, dealing with debt collectors, a creditor wants to take money from your wages or bank account, and a creditor wants to repossess your property. More details
Getting Out of Debt
Practical, step-by-step information on your legal rights and options to get out of debt. Topics include budgeting out of debt, consolidating your debts, negotiating payment terms, negotiating a debt settlement, making a consumer proposal, declaring bankruptcy, and people who can help. More details
Justice Education Society Citizenship and Immigration Canada Welcome BC City of Vancouver