Resources for Small Claims Cases

Civil Resolution Tribunal
Enforcing a Payment Order
Getting A Lawyer or Legal Advice
Law and Rules
Preparing for Trial
Resolving Disputes out of Court
Self-Help Guides
Settlement and Trial Conferences
Small Claims Forms


Civil Resolution Tribunal

Enforcing a Payment Order

Getting A Lawyer or Legal Advice

  • Ask JES – free service from BC Justice Education Society providing answers to legal questions by live chat, phone or email Monday to Friday, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
  • Clicklaw HelpMap - find legal advice and lawyers in your area
  • Lawyer Referral Service - consult with a lawyer for 30 minutes for $25+ tax
  • Access Pro Bono - free legal advice and lawyers’ services

Laws and Rules

Preparing for Trial

Resolving Disputes out of Court
(also called “Alternate Dispute Resolution” or “ADR”)

  • SmallClaimsBC – free, secure, online dispute resolution service
  • Mediate BC – maintains a list of qualified mediators for civil law and family disputes
  • Solution Explorer – free legal information and tools to resolve a small claims dispute
  • Peoples Law School – step-by-step guidance to work out every day legal problems, and a question and answer service

Self-Help Guides

  • Where do I start for information on Small Claims Court? - Summarizes a few of the most useful online resources
  • Justice Education Society - Small Claims BC - provides information about what to expect in small claims court, online chat help, a free online settlement service, court processes in various courthouses, how to file a Claim or a Reply, collecting on a judgment, and appeals
  • Small Claims Procedural Guides - B.C. Ministry of Justice booklets include step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the notice of claim, reply to a claim, serve documents, get ready for court, and enforce judgments
  • Small Claims Court Factsheets - a series of factsheets from the University of Victoria Law Centre covering the steps you should take before starting a lawsuit in small claims court, how to prepare forms, and much more
  • Being Sued in Small Claims Court - a fact sheet from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, provides an overview of your options.

Settlement and Trial Conferences

Small Claims Forms

(PDF - download acrobat reader)