Ontario Small Claims Court Costs are expenses considered to bring a lawsuit to court. Before considering taking a case in the Small Claims Court in Ontario, you must know that you will have to bear expenses, document fees, fees to be paid to the court, among others. Therefore, you must look for a lawyer to evaluate your case is worth versus how much it can cost.
At Juzkiw Law, we can help you gather all the documentation for your case and evaluate the possibilities of gains and possible case costs for your Small Claims Court in Ontario. Contact us and schedule a free consultation. We have affordable prices to help you.
It is also essential in your case to know that generally, the losing party will have to bear the expenses disbursed during the other party’s claim at the Ontario Small Claims Court. Even in some situations, depending on the judge’s judgment, you run the risk of paying twice the amount of the costs of the process spent during the process.
Some examples of Small Claims Court costs in Ontario are:
- Costs paid to the court to file a motion;
- Costs paid to the court for filing the claim;
- Fees paid to the bailiff of the small claims Court;
- Fees and subsidies paid for the appearance of witnesses;
- Photocopying expenses;
- Expenses that involve the posting and delivery of documents;
- Costs with interpreters, if necessary
- Transportation expenses are transportation to the Court;
- Costs with legal representation of a lawyer or paralegal;
In the case of legal representation costs, they are allocated only during the time of the legal representative in Court. However, depending on the situation judged, the judge may order the winning party’s entire legal bill to be paid by the other party, the loser.
For more information, consult the frequently asked questions about the Ontario Small Claims Court or call us.
During the case at Ontario Small Claims Court, either party may attempt to resolve the issue. The parties can attempt to settle out of Court, and if accepted by both parties, the agreement must be documented and signed. Or the parties may directly submit an attempted formal agreement, in writing, using the Offer to Settle form.
All types of offers must be taken seriously during the case. When the other party does not accept the formal proposal (made using the standard form), the judge will take the case to trial. If the offer’s value is equal to or better than the amount requested in the judgment, you may have to pay some costs to the other party in your case, although at Ontario Small Claims Court.
These cases happen when the judge has reason to believe that the defeated party should have accepted the proposed settlement. In some cases, at Ontario Small Claims Court, the judge may decide that the winning party may receive twice the amount of the costs due to the waste of time caused during the case due to not having resolved with the proposed agreement.
In summary, the trial’s final decision and the court decision on costs will be at the discretion of the deputy judge. But we can help you plan these costs before starting the case, based on the facts you have. If you have questions about Ontario Small Claims Court, email us or call us – 416-221-2221