Small Claims Courts Essay

1114 Words Dec 17th, 2006 5 Pages
Informative Essay:
All About Small Claims Courts

Small Claims courts are a crucial aspect of the Canadian Legal system that could even be relevant to you one day. Small Claims courts are were created to try and give the average Joe a cheap, simple way to settle any type of arguments involving property or finances, without necessarily having to know a whole lot about law. You do not need to know many legal terms and the case usually consists of you telling your story for the judge to make a decision. It is a court that was not designed for lawyers and matters are handled more independently, although it isn't against the rules to obtain help from lawyers inside or outside of court. Initially made in order to settle disputes using
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If you lose a Small Claims Court Case and after a hearing and are unable to pay the required amount directly, the judge will schedule some periodic payments; because the ability for you to pay right away is difficult. If you cannot comply with the requirements of the periodic payments, or can not pay on time, you will become fully responsible for payments in full and the winner, is then entitled to filing complaints, and going through procedures to recover the full amount owed.

In conclusion Small Claims Court is a cheap efficient way to resolve disputes and make settlements regarding issues that are less than $10,000.00. However aside from actually entering the Court there are alternatives that can be done that may even be simpler. For example in order to avoid the stress and expense of a court case in a Small Claims Court, a claim can be easily settled before the trial in order to save both parties money. The settlement can be done either orally or through a written agreement. If an offer is accepted than the matter or dispute is over but if it is not accepted then the case will proceed to trial. Also there is something called a mediation which gives people an opportunity to resolve their disputes with the help of a mediator. A mediator is like a judge because mediators are neutral and unbiased but unlike judges, mediators do not decide cases or give opinions about the problem. They

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