Small claims court - procedures and fees
Small claims processes in B.C. have changed.
As of June 1, 2017, the Civil Resolution Tribunal began resolving most small claims up to $5,000. The monetary jurisdiction for small claims cases in Provincial Court has been increased to $35,000 and simplified trials at Richmond and Robson Square now include cases up to $10,000. Visit the Provincial Court of B.C. website and the Civil Resolution Tribunal website to learn more about these changes. Find information about the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act.
In small claims court, people can settle their differences in cases worth up to $35,000. 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 Attorney General and the Provincial Court of British Columbia. The guides may be helpful if you are pursuing, or involved in, a small claims court action.
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.