Civil Cases: Suing and Being Sued in the Superior Court of Justice

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There is an ongoing labour disruption at Canada Post. Deadlines for filing and serving documents in accordance with the Rules of Civil Procedure will not be changed because of this disruption and must be followed.

Please consider any extra time needed to meet the deadlines under the Rules of Civil Procedure for filing and serving documents.

Please note that due to the ongoing labour disruption, some court documents may take longer to process and may be delivered to you in other ways (e.g., by email, fax, or courier).

If you are unable to drop off documents to the court in person, you may have to courier, fax or email them.

For more information, please contact your local civil court.

An Introduction to Civil Cases in the Superior Court of Justice

  1. Flowcharts - What's New? Changes to the Rules of Civil Procedure (PDF)
  2. What is a civil case?
  3. Who can help me with my civil case?
  4. Things to consider before deciding whether to sue
    1. IS there an alternative to starting a lawsuit?
    2. WHOM do you want to sue?
    3. WHERE should you sue?
    4. WHAT information do you have to support your claim?
    5. WHEN should you sue?
    6. HOW much will it cost you to make a claim
  5. An overview of laws, rules and forms in civil cases
  6. Steps in a civil action
    1. Bringing a claim
    2. Defending a claim
    3. Discovery
    4. Setting the action down for trial
    5. Pre-trial conference
    6. The Trial
  7. Particular proceedings
    1. Simplified Procedure under Rule 76 (PDF)
    2. Civil Case Management under Rule 77 (PDF)
    3. Mandatory Mediation under rules 24.1 and 75.1 (PDF)
  8. Obtaining copies of a judgment
  9. Searching for information about court files
  10. Related Links