Unit 3: Tort and Dispute Resolution
CHAPTER 11: RESOLVING CIVIL DISPUTES
E-ACTIVITY: SMALL CLAIMS ACTIONS (p. 319)
Activity: Make a Pamphlet on How to Survive Small Claims Court
For many Canadians, the only experience with the court process may be
in a small claims court. Find out how the process works and prepare a
pamphlet on a small claims action.
- To see how a model small claims action is processed, visit the Web
site of the Attorney
General for Ontario. Click on “How to Make Small Clams Court
Work for You” to download a PDF file of the booklet. Research
the following questions for inclusion in your pamphlet.
- What is the purpose of small claims court?
- Do you need a lawyer for a small claims action?
- What kinds of claims are dealt with in small claims court?
- What information is required on the claim?
- What documents do you include with the claim?
- Can you make a claim if you are under the age of 18?
- What are the current amount limits for a small claims action?
- Who can serve your claim (i.e., present it to the individual
you are bringing to court)?
- When can you serve a claim?
- How long do you have to serve a claim?
- How do you prove that the claim was served?
- What should you do if a small claims action is launched against
- What happens if you don’t file a statement of defence?
- What is a motion used for in the small claims court process?
If you wish, do further research on this and other Web sites to find
additional information for inclusion in your pamphlet.
- Produce your pamphlet, using computer technology if possible. Don’t
forget to use your illustration and graphic abilities to enhance the
appeal of your pamphlet.