The Ontario Paralegal Association is pleased to announce a change in the Small Claims Court.
As of January 1st 2020, the Small Claims Court monetary jurisdiction will increase from $25,000 to a maximum of $35,000.
This change by the Ministry of Attorney General of Ontario is a great step forward for access to justice.
The minimum amount of a claim that may be appealed to Divisional Court will also increase from $2,500 to $3,500.
Litigants who started a claim in the Superior Court will be permitted to transfer their case to Small Claims Court if the claim falls within the monetary threshold. These changes will cut down wait times in courtrooms, and give parties more cost efficient representation options such as paralegals.
The Ontario Paralegal Association is pleased with the current changes and looks forward to continuing its work with the Ministry of Attorney General to further promote and make access to justice work for Ontarians.