Ontario launches e-filing service for civil suits under $25,000

Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General of Ontario. Photo: attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca

Ontarians now have a faster, easier way to make a claim in small claims court with the launch of a new online filing service. E-filing is a simple, convenient way to file a claim in small claims court without entering a courthouse.

Following a successful six-month pilot, individuals and businesses from across Ontario can now file small claims court forms and pay court filing fees online, 24-hours-a-day. Claims that are eligible for e-filing include those set out in a contract of $25,000 or less, such as unpaid accounts for goods and services, loans, credit card debt and overdue rent.

“We’re working to build a justice system that is more responsive and accessible to the people it serves. E-filing will help reduce the stress and expense of pursuing a small claim by making the process faster, more convenient and easier to use”, said Madeleine Meilleur, Attorney General.

Ontarians have two options to file a small claim online:

1. ‘Filing Wizard’ guides those unfamiliar with filing a claim through the process of submitting court documents and paying court filing fees. This option is helpful for those who do not have legal representation by providing an inexpensive and easy to understand option.

2. ‘Quick File’ gives legal professionals and others who frequently file small claims the option of uploading already completed forms.

Not all types of claims can be filed using the online system. Claims for amounts in dispute — such as many claims related to personal injury — cannot be completed using the online process.

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