A 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 in August 2019