Ontario Small Claims Court Practice 2020 + CD
ISBN/ISSN/Product Number: 978-0-7798-9053-8
Product Type: Book S.O. + CD-ROM + e-mail
Anticip. Upkeep Cost: Annual volumes supplied on standing order subscription
Number of Pages: Approximately 1200 pages
Number of Volumes: 1 volume bound + CD-ROM
Binding: hardcover
Publication Date: 2019-08-13
Publisher: Carswell
Price: $129.00

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Ontario Small Claims Court Practice 2020 brings you the latest amendments to the rules and forms of Small Claims Court in Ontario

Ontario Small Claims Court Practice 2020 brings you the latest amendments to the rules and forms of Small Claims Court in Ontario.

Simplified, plain language overviews
A self-help chapter outlines the practicalities of going the small claims route – for both quick references and help in explaining the process to others.

Easy-to-follow flow charts
Flow charts guide you through the process of bringing or defending a claim, and outline your options at each stage.

A detailed practice and procedure guide
You’ll find a thorough explanation of every aspect of bringing or defending a claim:

  • Fees and costs
  • Going to the right court
  • Flow charts
  • Paralegals
  • Settlement conferences
  • Enforcement proceedings
  • Contempt hearings
  • Orders from other courts and jurisdictions
  • Unrepresented litigants
  • Role of the Judge
  • Accessibility to the Court
  • Court locations throughout Ontario
  • Forms and their proper usage

Bonus for standing order subscribers
Practice Advisor for Ontario Small Claims Court Practice will be provided every three months by email to standing order subscribers upon request, at no extra cost.

New in this Edition

  • All legislative amendments to Ontario Gazette Vol. 152:22 (June 1, 2019).
  • Amendments to the Courts of Justice Act including S.O. 2018, c. 17, Sched. 10.
  • Amendments to Ont. Reg. 2/05 Fee Waiver made under the Administration of Justice Act
  • Updated Preface and updated Recent Amendments to the Small Claims Court Legislation 
  • Updated case law and commentary.
  • "Hot Topics" including:      
    • Construction Act references
    • increased court fees
    • limitations update
    • hearsay evidence
    • expert reports
    • venue
    • unpleaded issues
    • costs update
    • anti-SLAPP motions
  • Discussion of recent rules amendments
  • All significant new court decisions throughout Canada, both reported and unreported, such as:
    • Haaretz.com v. Goldhar [2018} 2 SCR 3, 2018 SCC 28 (forum)
    • Taft Management Inc. v. Gentile, [2018] O.J. No. 4464 (Sm. Cl. Ct.) (anti-SLAPP cases)
    • Tripp v. Robertson, [2019] O.J. No. 932 (Sm. Cl. Ct.) (liability of judges and other court officers)
    • Peel Condo. Corp. No. 346 v. Florentine Financial Corp., [2018] O.J. No. 2586 (S.C.J.) (transfers of actions from Small Claims Court to the Superior Court of Justice)
    • Jasmine Princivil v. Mogo Financial Inc. Operating as Mogomoney, 2018 ONSC 3916 (standard of review for small claims court decisions)
    • Gianworth Developments Inc. v. Toryork Fianncial Services Ltd., 2018 ONSC 3614 (fees)
    • Ferguson v. Plate, [2018] O.J. No. 3754 (Sm. Cl. Ct.) (vexatious litigants)
    • Bellissimo v. York Condo. Corp. No. 431, [2018] O.J. No. 3335 (Div. Ct.) (adjournments)
    • Sabatin v. Ganji, 2018 ONSC 5680 (Div. Ct.) (appeals)
    • Azzeh v. Tank Truck Transport Inc., 2018 ONSC 5387 (Ont.S.C.J.) (time to serve and file appeal)
    • Haggert v. Cooper, 2018 ONSC 6036 (Div. Ct.) (judicial review of small claims court orders)
    • Mohammed v. Carquest Auto Parts, 2019 ONSC 569 (Div. Ct.) (fee waivers)
    • Frederick v. Van Dusen, [2019] O.J. No. 449 (C.A.) (effect of Limitations Act, 2002)
    • McCruden v. Nead, [2018] O.J. No. 6731 (Sm. Cl. Ct.) (joinder of claims)
    • Glover v. Leaky 2018 BCCA 56 (admissions)
    • Ayagama v. Charlottetown (City) et al.  2017 PECA 15 (acting as agent)
    • Keremelevski v. Ukrainian Orthodox Church of St. Mary 2018 FC 406 (striking statement of claim)
    • Weatherford Canada Partnership v. Addie, 2018 ABQB 571 (costs)
    • Intelliview Technologies Inc. v. Badaway, 2019 ABCA 66 (vexatious litigants)

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“The book also covers how to build a better case, how to be better prepared, and where to find a local court. It provides a checklist for trial; offers a preparation list of dos and don’ts, and provides commentary on when and in what circumstances the court may take judicial notice of facts. The volume, which contains well over 1000 pages, includes ready-to-use-forms, charts, and the actual text of the Small Claims Court Rules. Included are legislative amendments with case law to illustrate amendments, as well as information covering bankrupt individuals and how to obtain a bankruptcy record. All in all, this book is an indispensable guide for both the seasoned legal practitioner and lay user of the Small Claims Court.”

From the book review of Ontario Small Claims Court Practice 2016 by Philton Moore (2017 Canadian Law Library Review/Revue canadienne des bibliothèques de droit, Volume/Tome 42, No. 1)

About the Author

Marvin A. Zuker was appointed a Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice in 1978.  He retired in December 2016.  He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  He holds the rank of Associate Professor at OISE/UT where he has taught Education Law since 1982.


Mr. Zuker is the author and co-author of several books, including Canadian Women and the Law and The Law is Not for Women, co-authored with June Callwood; Ontario Small Claims Court Practice (published since 1981 to the present); Education Law, co-authored with Anthony Brown (4th edition 2007); Consulting Editor, Sexual Misconduct in Education: Prevention, Reporting and Discipline with Grant Bowers and Rena Knox (2d. ed. 2006); and Children’s Law Handbook, Zuker and Kerwin(3rd ed. 2015).  He lectures frequently on a number of education law issues and serves on the Editorial Board of the “Education and Law Journal,” the “Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education,” and “Risk Management in Canadian Education.” He is the co-author of An Educator’s Guide to the Law and the Ontario College of Teachers, published by Canada Law Book in 2013.