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Small claims court

Includes information about how Small Claims Court works.

Legal Advice and Assistance Centre, Law Help Ontario, Pro Bono Law

Serves people who are suing or being sued in civil (non-family) court, children and youth and charitable organizations

Record #: OCR1799 Last Full Update: 05 Apr 2019
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
Ottawa Courthouse
161 Elgin St, 5th Flr, Rm 5027
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K1
 
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Intersection Elgin St and Laurier Ave W
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Parking meters
Description and Services
Description (Service) Legal advice * approximately 30 minutes per visit * civil cases only, no family or criminal 
 
Services provided for Superior Court and Small Claims Court cases: 
* explanation of the claim process (how to start a claim, how to defend a claim, considerations a person should think about before starting a claim, enforcing a judgement, etc.) 
* assisting clients in interpreting court rules 
* identifying the court forms a person may need 
* guiding clients in completing court forms 
* providing tip sheets 
* identifying strengths and weaknesses of cases 
* offering the use of computers and software to help create court forms 
* referrals to other legal services
Hours Mon-Fri 9:30 am-11:30 am, 1 pm-3:30 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Boundaries Ontario
Eligibility Ages: 18 year(s) and up 
 
Individuals 18 years and older
Application Drop-in centre * no appointments
Languages English ; French
Fees None
Service Categories Certificates/Forms Assistance ; General Legal Aid ; Legal Information Services ; Public Access Computers/Tools ~ Legal Issues ; Small Claims Advisory Programs ; Specialized Information and Referral ~ Legal Issues ; Volunteer Opportunities
Contact Information
Office Phone Toll free Legal Advice Hotline 1-855-255-7256
Website www.probonoontario.org
Social Media Twitter
Other Details
Funding Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 877524512 RR0001
Resources Website

Small Claims Court, Ministry of the Attorney General

Deals with civil disputes of a monetary value of up to $25,000.

Record #: OCR1266 Last Full Update: 16 Oct 2018
Names
Alternate Name Civic Office
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
161 Elgin St
Ottawa, ON K2P 2K1
 
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Intersection Elgin St and Laurier Ave W
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Parking meters * pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) Comprised of both the Ontario Court of Justice offices and the Superior Court of Justice offices.

Criminal Office: criminal offenses under federal and some provincial statutes * trial of persons under the age of 18

Civil Court Office: cases related to motor vehicle accidents * mortgages * sales of goods and services * applications under provincial statutes related to landlords and tenants and construction liens

Family Court Office: family matters * custody, access of children * child support * children in need of protection * adoptions and divorce * Family Law Information Center

Small Claims Office: claims regarding money * damage and personal property disputes up to $25,000

Divisional Court Office: appeals from final and interlocutory orders of a judge of the Superior Court of Justice * appeals from the Case Management Master * appeals from final orders of the Small Claims Court * appeals from the decisions of various tribunals and statutory decision makers

Estates * probating and filing of wills for safekeeping

Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Call to apply
Languages English ; French
Fees Service
Service Categories Civil Division of Provincial/Territorial Court ; Court Filing Offices ; Criminal Division of Provincial/Territorial Court ; Document Deposit/Online Storage Services ; Family Division of Provincial/Territorial Court ; Provincial/Territorial Court Enforcement Officers ; Provincial/Territorial Superior Courts ; Youth Division of Provincial/Territorial Court
Waiting List Yes, length varies
Contact Information
Office Phone General Information 613-239-1560; 
Civil Office 613-239-1054; 
Family Office and Client Services 613-239-1274; 
Small Claims Office 613-239-1079; 
Estates 613-239-1024; 
Divisional Court Office 613-239-1071; 
Criminal Office 613-239-1153; 
Bankruptcy Office 613-239-1320; 
Lost and found 613-239-1000; 
Enforcement/Sheriff 613-239-1050;
Fax Small Claims Court 613-239-1028; 
Civil Office 613-239-1075; 
Court Support 613-239-1405; 
Criminal Office 613-239-1171; 
Family Office 613-239-1099; 
Administration 613-239-1491;
Website www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/courts/
Primary Contact Info Desk; Phone: 613-239-1000
Alternate Contact Theresa Nigro, Administrative Assistant; Phone: 613-239-1490; Fax: 613-239-1491; Email: theresa.nigro@ontario.ca
Other Details
Established Centralized court house on Elgin: 1986
Funding Provincial
Resources Website, varies according to service required
Accreditation No

Law Society Referral Service

Provides the name of a lawyer or paralegal who best fits a person’s stated needs. The service is not designed to provide legal advice or second opinions.

University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic

  • Provides legal advice & representation to low-income persons regarding tenant's rights, criminal charges, small claims court matters, custody and access issues, child support, and peace bo
Record #: OCR1041 Last Full Update: 01 Nov 2018
Names
Alternate Name SLASS (Student Legal Aid) ; Student Legal Aid Services Society
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
17 Copernicus St
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
 
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Intersection King Edward Ave and Laurier Ave E
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Pay parking lots * parking meters * daily parking passes * free occasional parking on the street
Description and Services
Description (Service) Student Legal Aid Services Society clinic * staffed by students and supervised by lawyers * provides legal services to low-income members of the community. 
 
Provides legal advice and representation on: Family law (including custody, access, support, restraining orders) * Tenant law (including repairs, rent deposits, Small Claims Court, evictions) * Criminal charges (including drug offences, theft, assault, mischief, some provincial offences) * Serious matters under the Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act  
 
Assists victims of crime with applications to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 
 
Conducts legal education presentations, participates in a variety of outreach activities for students and many community organizations.
Hours Administration Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm * drop-in hours (Cancelled until Feb 28 2019, usually Mon, Wed 7 pm-9 pm) * Thu 2 pm-4 pm * closed for exams and training, please call for details
Areas Served Ottawa
Eligibility Recipients of social assistance, low-income citizens and full-time undergraduate students of University of Ottawa and Carleton University whose problems fall within the areas of the clinic's jurisdiction and Legal Aid Ontario.
Application Apply in person
Languages English ; French ; Interpretive Services
Fees None
Service Categories Community Legal Clinics ; Domestic/Family Violence Legal Services ; Legal Counselling ; Legal Counselling ~ Abused Women ; Legal Counselling ~ AIDS/HIV ; Legal Counselling ~ College/University Students ; Legal Counselling ~ Indigenous Communities ; Legal Counselling ~ Sexually Abused Adults ; Legal Counselling ~ Women ; Legal Information Services ; Tenant Rights Information/Counselling
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-562-5600
Fax 613-562-5602
Website commonlaw.uottawa.ca/community-legal-clinic/
Primary Executive Louise Toone, Director; Email: louise.toone@uottawa.ca
Other Details
Established 1848
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities * Legal Aid Ontario ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 119278877 RR0001 ; Fees ; University of Ottawa
Elections The Board of Governors is appointed.
Print Material Written material on legal issues * landlord-tenant rights * consumer protection * small claims * lecture series
Resources Website
Accreditation Yes, by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

Reach Canada

Educates and informs persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensures that quality legal and social

Record #: OCR1591 Last Full Update: 13 Dec 2018
Location & Accessibility
Located In Community Ottawa
Address & Map
554 King Edward Bay
Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5
 
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Intersection King Edward Ave and Laurier Ave E
Bus Route Notes OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or Route Timetable
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Parking Parking meters * pay parking lot
Description and Services
Description (Service) Dedicated to educating and informing persons with disabilities, family members, lawyers and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities and ensuring that quality legal and social representation are provided. 
 
The Centre provides speakers to groups and educational programs * lawyer referral services for people with disabilities through a network of lawyers who volunteer.
Hours Mon-Thu 9 am-4:30 pm, Fri 9 am-3 pm
Areas Served Ottawa (City of)
Eligibility Persons with disabilities and family members, lawyers, mediators and the general public * anyone interested in the rights and interests of persons with disabilities
Application Call or visit the website to apply
Languages English ; French ; French lawyers are available
Fees None
Service Categories Disability Associations ; Disability Awareness Programs ; Disability Rights Groups ; Legal Assistance Referral Services ~ Disabilities Issues
Contact Information
Office Phone 613-236-6636
Toll Free Phone 1-888-669-4001
E-Mail reach@reach.ca
Website www.reach.ca
Social Media Facebook Twitter
Other Details
Established 1981
Funding Fundraising ; Donations - Charitable Registration Number: 107889297 RR0001
Elections The Board of Directors is elected.
Resources Website