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The Small Claims Court – Q&A with Deputy Judges

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William C. De Lucia
Mark Gannage
Laura S. Ntoukas
Lynn Wheatley
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
125 minutes
$149.00 plus tax
TLA 3rd Annual Small Claims Court Conference
Includes Handouts

This is our 3rd Annual Small Claims Court program featuring Deputy Judges of that dynamic court. Representing clients in this court gives lawyers and articling and LPP students an opportunity to cut their teeth on courtroom practice and hone their advocacy and negotiation skills. Our panel consists exclusively of experienced Deputy Judges of the very busy Toronto Small Claims Court. Using a Q&A format, this interactive program will provide a rare opportunity for you to directly put questions to members of the bench and get involved. Some questions will be provided in advance. Our panelists will share their valuable insights and practical tips about various pertinent topics. Our returning attendees should note that we have invited different judges from earlier years to keep it fresh and supplement the views previously expressed. So sit back in our intimate lounge and enjoy the views! No handouts are to be expected.


Deputy Judge William C. De Lucia

  • Appointed Small Claims Court Deputy Judge – Toronto in 2006
  • Called to the Bar 1978
  • Queens University, B.Comm 1973 
  • Queens University, LLB 1976
  • Currently Practicing Lawyer - Areas of Practice: Corporate, Commercial, Real Estate, Estates, Employment Law & Mediation
  • Seneca College – Instructor (2004 to 2010) - Contracts, Torts, Estates, Real Estate, Mortgage Law
  • Harvard University Negotiation Workshop ADR, Certified

Mark Gannage

Mark Gannage, previously of Goodmans, McCarthy Tétrault, Stikeman Elliott, and Torys, is a deputy judge, certified adjudicator and mediator. He is the author of Gannage’s Ontario Civil Litigation Commentary and Checklist (Thomson Reuters), three chapters in Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (Thomson Reuters), published articles in the Annual Review of Civil Litigation, The Advocates’ Quarterly and elsewhere, and two federal law reform works. He is a Contributing Editor of the Toronto Law Journal. A former full time and adjunct law professor, Mr. Gannage conceived, designed and taught U of T Law School’s first course in Advance Legal Research, Analysis and Writing. Mr. Gannage was the first (and last!) Head of Legal Research and Analysis of the now deceased Bar Admission Course.

The Honourable Laura S. Ntoukas

Justice Ntoukas was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto Law School in 1986. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree, with honours, from the University of Toronto, St. George Campus in 1983.

On September 14, 2017, Justice Ntoukas was appointed as the Small Claims Court Administrative Judge of the Ontario Small Claims Court. In this capacity, she oversees the court on a province-wide basis including developing and implementing policies for the effective administration of justice and providing procedural and substantive advice to deputy judges. She also continues to preside over various court proceedings.

She was formerly an associate with the law firm of Sherman Brown Dryer where she practised primarily in the areas of commercial real estate development and corporate finance.

Justice Ntoukas is past President of the Toronto Deputy Judges Regional Association. She is a former Director of the Ontario Deputy Judges Association. She is a former Chair of the ODJA Education Committee planning the Caswell Educational Seminar for Deputy Judges of the Ontario Small Claims Court. She has been involved in numerous other legal education projects including initiating Pro Bono Student Canada projects in the Toronto Court. Justice Ntoukas is the recipient of the Ontario Deputy Judges Association, 2015 President’s Award.

Deputy Judge Lynn Wheatley

Deputy Judge Wheatley has been a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court in Toronto since 2006.  She is currently President of the Toronto Deputy Judges Regional Association.  She also served as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court in Hastings County from 1997 to 1999, before taking a position in the new Territory of Nunavut as the Director of Legal Aid Services in the Baffin region, until 2001.  From 2004 to 2011, she was a part-time professor at Seneca College, teaching various courses, including Small Claims Court and Administrative Law. 

Deputy Judge Wheatley graduated from the University of Toronto Law School in 1984, articled at Parkdale Community Legal Services and was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1986.  From 1986 to 1999, she practised in legal clinics in Sault Ste. Marie, Sharbot Lake and Belleville, in various areas of the law including residential tenancies, income maintenance, workers' compensation and criminal.

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