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How do I start a lawsuit?

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lawsuit is a way to get money or other relief if something’s gone wrong. It might be getting poor service under a contract, being injured in a car accident, getting fired unfairly, or not getting repaid a debt.

The party who feels they were wronged starts a lawsuit by filing documents in court. In British Columbia, where you bring a lawsuit depends on the dollar value of the claim and its subject. As well, there’s a time limit to sue. And alternative options to consider.

We explain all of these points and more in our page on starting a lawsuit. Our page on suing someone in Small Claims Court explains the process to start a lawsuit in that court.

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in August 2019

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This information from People’s Law School explains in a general way the law that applies in British Columbia, Canada. The information is not intended as legal advice. See our disclaimer.

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