Chown Cairns Legal Advice Blog

Mandatory Mediation in Civil Litigation Cases

Jan 31, 2017


Ontario’s Mandatory Mediation Program in civil litigation was put into place in 1999 to help people settle their cases early in the litigation process in order to save money and time.

The program is used in Toronto, Ottawa and Windsor for certain civil litigation issues only. It is not used, for example, in family law cases.

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Topics: Civil Litigation

What is a Tort Claim and How Do I Pursue a Tort Claim

Jan 12, 2017

A tort claim is filed when an injured victim seeks compensation for personal or financial injury from the person who injured them. The injuries can be physical, emotional, psychological or even financial. “Tort” comes from the Latin word for wrong or injustice.

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Topics: Civil Litigation

Understanding defamation - libel or slander

Dec 27, 2016

Defamation, broadly speaking, refers to communication about a person that serves to harm their reputation. In Canada, there are two forms of defamation: libel and slander. Libel refers to written statements or communications that form a permanent record and slanders refers to spoken statements or other gestures which do not form a permanent record.

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Topics: Civil Litigation

What happens in a civil trial?

Nov 22, 2016

A civil action or suit can begin under a number of circumstances. Typically, civil suits involve disagreements on the performance of a contract, disagreements about the ownership of property or if someone is injured or property is damaged.

If you are required to be present at a civil trial, as either the defendant, witness or as the plaintiff, it’s important to be prepared for what happens next. The process of litigation is complicated and it can be intimidating without having knowledge about how a civil trial works. Also, the rules for civil litigation change depending on whether the claim was started in Ontario Small Claims Court as opposed to simplified or ordinary procedure in Superior Court.

Most civil cases rarely reach trial, instead they are settled out of court, or the claim is abandoned. If you have to go to trial, ensure that you hire a civil litigation lawyer to represent your interests in court. The following is what happens in a civil trial.

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Topics: Civil Litigation

How and when can I start a lawsuit?

Oct 27, 2016

If you have experienced an injury or financial loss because of a business, an organization or a person, you are entitled to bring a civil lawsuit against that party. Your choice to sue or start a lawsuit with that party should be done so with consideration and the legal guidance of a civil litigation lawyer.

The course of a lawsuit in the Ontario Court system is complicated and a lawyer will ensure best results. To better understand how your lawsuit may play out, this is how and when you can start a lawsuit.

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Topics: Civil Litigation

How much will it cost to make a claim in Ontario

Sep 20, 2016

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In order to make a claim in Ontario court you must pay court fees. There a number of fees you will be required to pay, however they depend on the steps you take in your case. The further your claim moves, the more fees you may be required to pay. You should expect to pay fees to file documents and issue action. Ontario court fees are regulated under the Administration of Justice Act.

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Topics: Civil Litigation

What are my alternatives to starting a lawsuit?

Aug 30, 2016

If you intend to bring a claim against another party, you need to retain a lawyer to advise you on your legal rights. Before you sue, you may want to consider the alternatives to starting a lawsuit.

Going to trial is not only expensive, but time consuming. There are a number of alternative ways to resolve your dispute before you start a court case you may want to consider negotiation, mediation or arbitration.

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Topics: Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation

The process of litigation in Ontario Small Claims Court

Jul 28, 2016

 

Litigation refers to legal disputes between two or more parties when the dispute is non-criminal in nature. In Ontario, litigation follows a well-defined process. A litigation lawyer will be well-versed in this process, seen below, and their role within each stage.

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Topics: Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation

How to prepare to meet with your Niagara civil litigation lawyer

Jun 23, 2016

Civil litigation is an area of law that deals with disputes between private parties that are non-criminal in nature. Civil litigation differs from commercial litigation, which involves business disputes.

A civil litigator helps individuals and businesses assert their rights in the Ontario court system. If you are involved in a dispute that requires legal assistance you can prepare for your first meeting with a Niagara civil litigation lawyer by understanding the process and gathering specific documents.

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Topics: Civil Litigation