Forum addresses small claims court process

Lawyers from Pushor Mitchell to make presentation in next installment of the The Law & You Series.

Kelowna Community Resources Immigrant Services, in partnership with the Law Foundation of BC and the Kelowna legal firm Pushor Mitchell, continues its “The Law & You Series” with a session on small claims on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at the Okanagan Sikh Temple, starting at 6:30 p.m.

“This workshop will be of particular interest to anyone looking to initiate a small claims action,” said Parveen Shergill, one of the two lawyers from Pushor Mitchell who will make a presentation.

“It will be a ‘how-to’ session, where we walk participants through the process, identify necessary steps and indicate where to find pertinent information.”

Despite its diminutive name, small claims is a big deal to the people initiating the action.  Being properly prepared and aware of issues could be very helpful for people to settle their disputes quickly and efficiently.

“Small claims is an option for civil claims of less than $25,000.  It is less formal than Supreme Court and often people will self-represent,” added Joel Wonnacott, the second presenter and also a lawyer at Pushor Mitchell. “Here is a chance for people to consult with litigators who do this on a regular basis.”

While open to anyone, the series of workshops are focused in particular on immigrants in the region. Local immigration lawyer Sandra Hakanson, with Pushor Mitchell, will also be on hand to address questions specific to immigrants.