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The Progression of a Small Claims Court File

The Progression of a Small Claims Court File

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Chris Ashby
Mark Gannage
Samuel Marr
Laurine Shaw
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
90 minutes
$119.00 plus tax

With a monetary jurisdiction of $25,000, the Ontario Small Claims Court is the busiest civil court in the province. As an articling student or new lawyer, much of your litigation experience will be in this court. Benefit from listening to a panel of Deputy Judges and a Small Claims Court Project Coordinator, who want you to succeed. This practical nutshell will provide a step-by-step overview of the process on topics such as:

  • Preparing and Serving Pleadings – Acquire the Basics for Success
  • Settlement Conferences – Learn How to Avoid Going to Trial
  • Trials – Avoid Common Mistakes
  • Costs, Motions, Assessments and Collections – Hear About the Key Things You Need to Know
  • Volunteer Opportunities to Increase Your Skills


Deputy Judge Chris Ashby

Christopher Ashby was called to the bar in 1983. He has practiced civil litigation and administrative law throughout his career. Christopher was appointed a Deputy Judge in 1993 for Toronto Small Claims Court.

Deputy Judge Mark Gannage

Mark Gannage is a litigation and research lawyer, previously of McCarthy Tetrault, Goodmans, Stikeman Elliott, and Torys.

He is the author of Gannage 's Ontario Civil Litigation Commentary and Checklist, three chapters in Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents qf Pleadings, several published articles, a federal law reform report and a federal law reform working paper. 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 invited to be the first (and last!) Head of Legal Research and Analysis of the  now deceased  Bar Admission  Course. RIP.

Deputy Judge Samuel Marr

Deputy Judge Samuel Marr is a partner in the law firm of Landy, Marr Kats LLP. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in Civil litigation. Deputy Judge Marr is a past president of the Toronto Lawyers Association. He became a Deputy Small Claims Judge in 2012. He is the Trillium Gift of Life Network 2014 award winner for championing organ donation in the legal community. He is the 2015 Catzman award winner for professionalism and civility.

Laurine Shaw

Laurine Shaw is a Project Coordinator for Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO). She is a licensed paralegal, with a BA in English from York University, a certificate in Non-profit Volunteer Management from Ryerson University, and a certificate in mediation and a diploma for Court and Tribunal Administration from Seneca College. Working with PBLO since 2007, Ms. Shaw coordinates a suite of litigation programs which help low-income self-represented litigants with civil problems. The most notable example is Law Help Ontario (LHO), which operates out of three centres based in courthouses in Toronto and Ottawa, and provides remote services province-wide. She also provides support to PBLO’s Crown Wardship Appeals Assistance Project and their Older Youth Adoption Project. One of Ms. Shaw’s main roles at PBLO is to coordinate PBLO’s Law Help Ontario 47 Sheppard location that is dedicated to Small Claims Court issues. This centre provides support to self-represented individuals while simultaneously aiding the court in relation to these litigants; as legal advice is offered at the centre by volunteer lawyers from across the Greater Toronto Area, it also acts as an avenue for the legal community to contribute to access to justice. Ms. Shaw also assists with PBLO’s partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada, and mentors paralegals that are entering the profession.

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