Except under strict conditions, legal representation is not allowed in Quebec small claims courts, meaning a lawyer cannot accompany you in the courtroom, nor defend your case before the judge. However, you can seek the help of a lawyer to help you prepare your case and increase your chances of a ruling in your favour.
At your small claims court hearing, you’ve got to present a solid case to the judge, provide the right proof and be able to answer tough questions. Without legal training this can be challenging. Errors can be made and a case can be lost on account of a simple technicality. When thousands of dollars are at stake, the right legal is well worth the investment.
When going to Small Claims Court, here are the ways a lawyer can help you:
- Ensure it’s valid in fact and in law
- Draft the proceedings you’ll file in court so they make a good first impression.
- Prepare you to speak to the judge in a convincing manner
- Guide you in selecting and preparing evidence that will reinforce your position.