March 17, 2011

How to Make Small Claims Court Cheaper

The Community Legal Assistance Society has published a new guide called "Waiving Filing Fees in BC Small Claims Court" which offers step-by-step advice on how to apply to the court for an order which allows parties to avoid these fees.

Although Small Claims Court is designed to be more accessible and less expensive than the B.C. Supreme Court, the filing fees can still be prohibitive for low-income parties.  For example, the fee for filing a claim ranges from $100-$156 depending on the amount of money at stake, while defendants must pay $26-50 to file a reply.  A complete list of filing fees can be found here.

It is also possible to apply to have court fees waived at the B.C. Supreme Court by applying for indigent status, which I wrote about here.


  1. Thanks it was a fantastic support, now to make small claims court cheaper is very easy utilizing your advice. Thank you

  2. Worse, in Small Claims Court, you very often get self-represented litigants on one or both sides. So you get a niche employment dispute with specialized legal considerations, argued by two non-lawyers, and presided over by a lawyer who may not know anything about the area of law. Not exactly ideal.



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