Small claims courts have limited jurisdiction to hear civil cases between private litigants. Courts authorized to try small claims may also have other judicial functions, and go by different names in different jurisdictions. For example, it may be known as a county or magistrate’s court. Mandeep S. Saggi and his savvy team of trial lawyers are also adept at navigating Canada’s small claims court cases proceedings.
This unique Superior Court of Justice branch is designing to hear cases involving damages totaling no more than $25,000. Deputy judges – the currently practicing lawyers that the Region Senior Judge appoints to part-time court positions hear most cases, but some cases across Ontario’s 90 Small Claims Court sites are heard by provincially appointed judges.
Cases exceeding $25,000 may be brought before the Small Claims Court, but the Court only holds authority over collection of amounts up to that cap. The remaining damages are the responsibility of the litigants.
Plaintiffs and defendants alike are welcome to represent themselves under the Small Claims Court’s simplified, efficiency-oriented rules. It’s not necessarily advisable, though. A knowledgeable attorney, such as Saggi Law Firm, can provide an edge of experienced guidance and strategy in your corner. Keep in mind too, should you decide to represent yourself, that the other litigant may choose to retain the advantages of counsel.