When Dan was having a tough time, his friend Chris lent him $7,000. When Dan got back on his feet he promised to repay the loan but didn’t, so Chris finally sued Dan in Small Claims Court. The judge made a payment order that Dan pay $7000 plus interest and expenses to Chris. Dan still hasn’t paid.
There’s no doubt that being involved in a family court trial is stressful. The issues – often affecting relationships with children and/or financial security - are central to people’s lives. And emotions usually run high. If you’re trying to present your case without a lawyer you have the added stress of navigating an unfamiliar court system.
The BC Provincial Court announced today that it has published an illustrated guide to the Court and the rule of law to help journalists and the public understand its work.
Until you’re confronted with a legal problem, you probably don’t pay too much attention to talk about access to justice. But legal issues are part of our everyday lives and we’re all likely to encounter them sooner or later. Starting a job, renting an apartment, paying bills, living common law or getting married, thinking about a will – these are all common events that affect our legal health.
Sometimes matters in Small Claims court are set for a ‘Trial Conference’ after, or instead of, a Settlement Conference. This eNews explains when you might have a Trial Conference in your Small Claims case, how you should prepare, and what might happen there.