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How to Succeed at Small Claims Court

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30 minutes
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1 hour
Marlene Chica
Elbarin Kalalaj
Jay State
Lydia Stewart Ferreira
Lynn Wheatley
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
90 minutes
$129.00 plus tax

Introducing the first program in TLA’ s Skills Development Series: How to Succeed at Small Claims Court. Our expert panel includes an administrative deputy judge, a retired deputy judge and two MAG court services staff. Learn essential tips and tools about what all lawyers and paralegals need to know to succeed in small claims court. Topics of discussion include:

  • Trial

  • 4 steps of small claims court

  • Settlement – learn how to best define the issues

  • Enforcement of the judgment

  • Importance of court staff in your success

  • Filing – understand the right forms and avoid the “too much paperwork” trap


Marlene Chica

Elbarin Kalalaj

Jay State

Lydia Stewart Ferreira

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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