Hamilton Small Claims Court
The Hamilton Small Claims Court is one of the Small Claims Courts in Ontario. Read on to learn about the ins and outs of this Small Claims Court.
Address of the Hamilton Small Claims Court
This Barrie Small Claims Court is located at 45 Main Street East in Hamilton, Ontario Canada. Obviously, if arriving from far distances, ensure to factor in usual traffic patterns before departing for court.
Phone Number for the Hamilton Small Claims Court
There is a phone number that anyone can use to call the Hamilton Small Claims Court and speak to court staff. It is 905-645-5252. Note, the best times to call are generally between 8:30 a.m. and 9;30 a.m. and then again from 3:30 p.m.and 4:30 p.m. That is not to say that the wait will be short whenever you call, but generally the wait is shorter (or less long!) at these times.
UPDATE: As of the date of this writing, I can unequivocally state that this is one of the most difficult courts, if not THE most difficult Small Claims Court, to reach court staff by phone. They make it very difficult to reach anyone here, and personal experience, as well as feedback I have received is that it is very unpleasant to manage Small Claims Court files in Hamilton. So, proceed with caution. While I chose the Tiger Cat as an image for this blog post because of the CFL team, Hamilton Tiger Cats, the toughness of the Tiger Cat is a good metaphor for dealing with this particular court.
You should never call the court and expect legal advice. Indeed, the small claims court’s greeting will tell you that court staff cannot provide legal advice. Court clerks will be helpful with respect to procedure only. This is important to realize because I have often been called by many people who have been told things by court clerks that, in all practicality, are unrealistic and/or unnecessary. For example, a court clerk may tell you that email service of a Plaintiff’s Claim is invalid. Technically this is correct, but practically, if the Defendant ends up filing a Defence after email service, the fact that it was invalid has no real affect. A full explanation is beyond the scope of this blog post, but will be the subject of a future article.
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