Procedures & Fees for Small Claims Court

In small claims court, people can settle their differences in cases worth up to $25,000. The rules and procedures for small claims are less formal and complicated than Supreme Court.

Anyone who uses small claims court is encouraged to settle by agreement, rather than in a trial. If necessary, a trial is held and a judge will decide the claim.

Small Claims Guides

A series of guides have been developed by the Ministry of Justice and the Provincial Court of British Columbia. The guides may be helpful if you are pursuing, or involved in, a small claims court action. Read the guides.

Fees

There are fees for filing documents and other registry services related to small claims.

Payments can be made with cash, debit card, cheque (including certified cheque) money order or bank draft.  Cheques and money orders should be payable to the Minister of Finance.

If you live outside Canada, and are unable to pay using Canadian Funds, find out what payment options are available:

Filing Court Documents

You may need to submit documents or forms if you are participating in a court proceeding - these can be submitted in person, by mail, electronically or, in some cases, faxed to the court registry.

Small Claims Forms

Help Completing Small Claims Forms

The Filing Assistant takes information you enter online and generates completed forms for you.

File Court Documents Online

Some court forms and documents can be submitted electronically using Court Services Online.

Small Claims Court Rules

Get answers to specific problems or questions - review the Small Claims Court Rules or seek legal advice.

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