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Small Claims

Where Can You File Your Claim?

You must sue in the right court. This rule is called venue. If you file your claim in the wrong court, the court will dismiss the claim unless all defendants personally appear at the hearing and agree that the claim may be heard.

The right court may be any of these:
  • Where the defendant lives or where the business is located;
  • Where the contract was signed or carried out;
  • Where the damage or accident happened;
  • If the defendant is a corporation, where the contract was broken;
  • For a retail installment account or sales contract or a motor vehicle finance sale;
    • Where the buyer lived when the contract was entered into;
    • Where the buyer signed the contract;
    • Where the goods or vehicle are permanently kept.
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