You are fired from your job, purchase a car from somebody that did not actually own it or loan a friend some money they did not repay.
Your first thought is to file a small claims suit against the person you feel owes you money.
Do I Have A Case (for Small Claims Court)?
As paralegals, we litigate a lot in small claims court. Small claims court can deal with many, but not all, claims under $35,000.00. Many times, another body, such as the Landlord and Tenant Board or License Appeals Tribunal have the jurisdiction to deal with your claim. In many cases, these other forums must be the place you file your claim and not small claims court. Paralegals can litigate in these other forums and we can tell you if the small claims court does not have the jurisdiction to help you. Read more… “Should I Sue in Small Claims Court?”
Rights Versus Privilege
As a practitioner, I often attend overcrowded Provincial Offences Courts, where individuals are often charged with driving offences. If you can get past the line-ups to the front, you can often speak to Prosecutor to arrange a deal. At the same time, Justices of the Peace explode into a tirade about how driving a motor vehicle is a privilege and not a right. Reviewing the dockets these days is an amazing test of stoicism. Dockets show one person after the other charged with “driving while under suspension”, among other related charges.
If you plead guilty to driving while under suspension, the Ministry of Transportation tacks on a further six months of suspension on your license. Defenses for this charge are limited, as this offence is considered a “strict liability” offence. That means in essence ‘you should known better’. In theory, all of this makes sense, but in reality this whole concept needs a rethink. Read more… “Your Driving Privilege in Ontario”