Service of court documents
You must give copies of most court documents to the other parties in your court case. If someone is starting a court claim against you, you have a right to be given a copy of the claim. The Rules of the Small Claims Court is the law governing who, when and how you must distribute the court documents that are a part of your case:
- It is important that certain "parties" (the people or businesses named in your case) get copies of your court documents.
- All the parties in the court case have to be "served" (given) copies of the documents.
- It is important to follow the rules for serving documents.
- You can serve Small Claims Court documents yourself, or you can arrange to have someone else serve them such as a friend, a process server, or an agent.
- There are timelines for serving documents that you must meet.
- You must keep a record of when, how and to whom you served the documents, and you must file that record with the court - this is called an Affidavit of Service [Form 8A].
- If you don't follow the rules for serving documents, your claim may not proceed and/or your evidence may be excluded.
- Decide if your legal problem relates to serving documents for a Small Claims Court matter.
- Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to learn more about service of documents in Small Claims Court.
- Follow the Steps for instructions on serving documents in Small Claims Court.
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