Live webinar October 17 & 18 2019 @ 12:00 PM EST 

OR available via video download


Deputy Judge
Stewart Gillis


8 hours

(4 hours/day)

SUMMARY: This two day course provides a complete overview of the Small Claims Court (SCC) process and is taught by a seasoned civil litigator and SCC Deputy Judge. Our instructor will discuss the steps and strategy involved in the first client meeting, preparation of pleadings, attendance at the settlement conference, pre-trial proceedings, the trial day, and its aftermath. The course will also address complex issues, including frequent substantive and procedural law matters, adducing expert evidence, dealing with self-represented litigants and ethical issues that arise in this type of litigation. This is a complete guide for the everyday SCC lawyer and paralegal.



Day 1 - Anatomy of the Lawsuit and Trial Preparation

  • Advantages and limitations of Small Claims Court

  • The initial client interview

  • The Plaintiff's Claims

    • Parties and chronology of events

    • Liability and damages

    • Limitation period and jurisdiction

  • The Defence
    • Admissions
    • Common defences to liability and damages
    • Defendant's Claim​
  • The settlement conference
  • Pre-trial orders - Motions​


Day 2 - Trial, Post-trial Proceedings and Advanced Issues

  • Trial

    • Pre​-trial matters

    • Opening statement

    • Closing statement and legal submissions

    • Examination of witnesses

    • Common evidentiary rules and issues

    • Costs submissions and awards

  • After the trial

    • Appeals

    • Enforcement proceedings

  • Expert evidence

  • Ethical and professional responsibility issues​


Stewart Gillis is a Deputy Judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Small Claims Court). He was Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada on September 7, 2000 and since his Call to the Ontario Bar in March, 1977, he practiced in personal injury law, exclusively. 

He has served as a Director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and  been a lecturer in civil procedure and practice at the Bar Admission Course in Toronto. 

He began his career in Toronto involving himself in insurance defence work including motor vehicle personal injury litigation, medical and hospital malpractice matters, and municipal liability cases. 

In 1986, he relocated to Brampton and established a successful plaintiff personal injury practice ultimately founding Gillis Zago LLP in 2001 and Gillis Injury Law (Stewart Gillis Legal Professional Corporation) in 2010.

In June 2016, he stepped away from day-to-day practice and is following his twin passions for the courtroom and for mentoring up-and-coming lawyers in their trial practice and procedures. 

Stewart Gillis

LL.B., CS - Deputy Judge SCJ



  • Attendance at both live webinars (4 hours per day)

  • Access to the course materials

  • Possibility to download and watch the webinars until December 31, 2019 

Live attendance and access to the course materials and video of our civil litigation and tribunal courses (18 CPD hours):

  1. The Complete Guide to Small Claims Court - Day 1

  2. The Complete Guide to Small Claims Court - Day 2

  3. The Canadian Refugee Protection Process

  4. Navigating Family Class Sponsorship (video recording of our July webinar)

Law Society of Ontario 

  • Substantive Hours: this program is eligible for up to 6.5 hours

  • Professionalism Hours: this program contains 1 hour and 30 minutes of Professionalism Content

CPd Credits

single course


Paralegal pass


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