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Small claims court in Ontario to increase by $10k

Posted October 23, 2019

The provincial government announced this morning beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the maximum suit filed in Small Claims Court will rise to $35,000 up from the current $25,000 limit. As will the  minimum amount of a claim that may be appealed to Divisional Court from $2,500 to $3,500.

Currently, any claims over $25,000 must proceed in the Superior Court of Justice, where cases can take years to settle. Small claims are often resolved in less than a year.

"As a result of the change, more people will be able to file and respond to claims using less expensive representation, such as paralegals and law students, or through self-representation," said Attorney General Doug Downey.  Attorney General Doug Downey.

It's the first increase since January 2010 when it climbed from $10,000 to $25,000.

Litigants who started a claim in the Superior Court can seek to transfer their case to Small Claims Court if the claim falls within the monetary threshold.

There are 77 Small Claims Courts across Ontario including in Barrie serving the Simcoe County region.

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by Tony Veltri